Statement by G7 Foreign Ministers on Energy Security

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We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union stand steadfast in our condemnation of Russia’s brutal, unprovoked, unjustified and illegal war of aggression against the Ukraine. We condemn and will not recognize Russia’s continued attempts to forcibly redraw borders. This is a flagrant violation of international law, in particular a grave violation of the United Nations Charter, and seriously undermines the international rules-based system. We reiterate our demand that Russia end this war of its choice, immediately and unconditionally cease all hostilities, and withdraw its troops and military equipment from all territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

We also condemn Russian attempts to weaponize its energy exports and use energy as a tool of geopolitical coercion. Russia is therefore not a reliable energy supplier. We will act in solidarity and in close coordination to mitigate the impact of supply disruptions on economies and citizens around the world and in our countries, particularly to protect vulnerable groups. We are committed to ensuring that Russia does not use its position as an energy producer to profit from its aggression at the expense of vulnerable countries. We will build on our recent actions to secure energy supplies, stabilize markets and mitigate the rise in energy prices caused by Russia’s actions and exceptional market conditions. This includes our efforts to reduce our demand for Russian energy and our support for voluntary collective action by the International Energy Agency. We remain committed to energy and resource diversification and promote competitive, reliable and affordable energy markets that are transparent and adhere to high environmental, social and governance standards. We reaffirm our support for an ambitious and accelerated global clean energy transition towards net-zero by 2050, consistent with a 1.5°C warming limit and the implementation of the Glasgow Climate Pact. This is essential to achieve our shared goals on climate, security and economic recovery. The faster we achieve this transition, the safer our societies will be.

We continue to consider further measures to prevent Russia from benefiting from its war of aggression and to limit Russia’s ability to wage war. As we phase out Russian energy from our domestic markets, we will seek to develop solutions that reduce Russia’s hydrocarbon revenues, support stability in global energy markets, and minimize negative economic impacts, particularly on low- and middle-income countries. We remain committed to considering a range of approaches, including options for a blanket ban on all services enabling the transportation of Russian sea crude and petroleum products around the world unless the oil is transferred to or under one in consultation with international partners bought at a price to be agreed. In considering these and other options, we will consider mitigation mechanisms alongside our restrictive measures to ensure that the most vulnerable and affected countries continue to have access to energy markets, including from Russia.

We will continue to reduce our dependence on civilian nuclear and related goods from Russia and help countries looking to diversify their supplies. In all of these actions, we will support one another and coordinate our actions to maintain G7 unity and strengthen our collective energy security and resilience. We welcome the partners’ efforts to replenish gas reserves and increase energy security and resilience in the face of Russia’s increasing energy armament. At the same time, we will continue our efforts with partners around the world to make energy savings and efficiency a global priority.

We remain steadfast in our solidarity with Ukraine and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to support the Government and people of Ukraine in their courageous defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and in their struggle for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.

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