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Ukraine war

G-7 vows 'forceful' response if Russia attacks Ukraine as talks continue

Japan maps out sanction response while U.S. closes embassy in Kyiv

German armed forces prepare to transport howitzers to Lithuania at a military base in Munster, Germany, on Feb. 14.   © Reuters

BERLIN/TOKYO -- Russian military aggression against Ukraine would be met with a "swift, coordinated and forceful response" against Moscow, Group of Seven finance ministers said Monday in a joint statement, while the Kremlin stressed dialogue could yet bring peace.

The developments came on a day that saw Russian President Vladimir Putin attending a televised meeting in Moscow with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and asking him about the possibility of a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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