Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

G7 To Set Up Group To Study Russia's 'Malign Behavior'

G7 To Set Up Group To Study Russia's 'Malign Behavior'

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries have agreed to set up a working group to study Russia's "malign behavior", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday.

"We've taken action to stand with our G7 allies in confronting Russian maligned behaviour wherever we see it", he said, adding that the USA still wants to work with Russia "in areas where we can", including counterterrorism.

"He's strong and smart". "Believe me, that is not our preferred option".

Freeland also said the G7 countries were "united" in their resolve to work together to respond to "this continued flaunting of worldwide laws", adding that the working group would help democracies from being undermined. "When you are weak, he uses it".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking to reporters on the margins of the meeting, said G7 ministers had agreed on the need to be vigilant about Russian Federation.

His partners maintain that implementation of the agreement under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best way to prevent Tehran from seeking an atomic bomb.

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The acting USA secretary of state, John Sullivan - who may be replaced this week if outgoing Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo is confirmed as Washington's top diplomat - did not commit President Donald Trump to specific action. "We've made a great deal of progress but we're not there yet". Freeland said her male Japanese counterpart was the only man at Saturday's dinner table, noting she and the other female ministers, "are often in meetings where we are the only woman, and so Taro got to see a little bit what it was like".

Foreign Ministers of G7 countries intend to release a tough statement about their policies in relation to Russia's foreign politics. "As it stands, we must not throw the JCPOA out with the bath water".

On the agenda: Syria and the air strikes following a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime, the Iran nuclear deal, talks with North Korea, Venezuela, the Rohingya conflict and recent concerns about Russian Federation. Last month, in one of the most surprising twists in world affairs for decades, Trump accepted an invitation from Pyongyang's eccentric autocrat Kim to a summit to discuss to discuss his nuclear disarmament.

If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at the missile strikes carried out by the US, France and the United Kingdom on Syria, saying that they were aimed at hindering the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into the alleged use of poisonous substances in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

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