Statement by Albania; Australia; Canada; Costa Rica; European Union; Iceland; Japan; Republic of Korea; Republic of Moldova; Montenegro; New Zealand; North Macedonia; Norway; Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; Ukraine; UK; and the United States:
“We, the ministers of the undersigned members of the WTO, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. At the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, we pledged to find multilateral solutions to pressing global issues and negotiated for communities around the world. This does not represent a normalization of trade relations with Russia.
We condemn in the strongest terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, aided by Belarus. Belarus’ WTO membership was terminated in 2020 and we will not discuss it further. We provide unwavering support to Ukraine and will work together to find ways to use trade to help Ukraine rebuild its economy and society. The actions of the Russian Federation, which have continued unabated for more than 15 weeks, constitute an unprovoked and premeditated attack on a sovereign democratic state. They also constitute a flagrant violation of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, and undermine the fundamental principles of international peace and security. These actions show that the Russian Federation does not respect international institutions, disciplines and standards.
Russia’s indiscriminate attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and blockades of Ukrainian seaports have also exacerbated pre-existing problems affecting supply chains across multiple sectors, with 1.7 billion people in more than 100 countries now facing serious problems in the supply of food, energy and raw materials and rising prices.
Together, we insist that the Russian Federation urgently cease its military aggression against Ukraine and immediately withdraw its troops. We strongly believe that the Russian Federation must be held accountable and must cease its actions, which undermine peace, security and international law in the world.
We will continue to take, as Members of the WTO, the measures we deem necessary to protect our essential security interests, and we will continue to impress upon the Russian Federation the urgent need for it to discharge its responsibility to restore and maintain international peace and security.