Russia, China, and Iran on Agenda of G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting

Foreign Ministers from G-7 nations would come together in Liverpool, a British city, for a two-day meeting with the aim of easing growing tensions with Russia, China, and Iran.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss would welcome US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan ahead of two days of talks, AP reported.

Concerns about Russia’s troop build-up near Ukraine, China’s muscle-flexing in the Indo-Pacific, and lagging efforts to vaccinate the world against the coronavirus are on the agenda for the final major event in Britain’s year as G-7 president. 

The meeting of top diplomats also came after negotiators met in Vienna to try to revive an ailing international deal on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Truss had early warned that the Vienna talks were the last chance for Iran to sign up to the deal.

In a speech at the Chatham House think-tank, Truss urged Iran to rejoin the deal, “because we are determined to work with our allies to prevent Iran securing nuclear weapons.”

Truss also warned Russia that a military move on Ukraine would be “a strategic mistake” with “high economic and diplomatic costs” for Moscow.

Russia was kicked out of the club of industrialized nations, formerly the G-8, after its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and assistance for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Climate change, tensions in the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and North Korea are also on the agenda for a meeting that will include both foreign and development ministers from G-7 countries.

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