G7 leaders condemn Russia over Ukraine

Armed men block access to a Ukrainian border guards base not far from the village of Perevalne near Simferopol on March 2, 2014The leaders of the world’s top industrialized powers turned on fellow G8 member Russia for its “clear” violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, withdrawing from preparations for June’s G8 summit in Sochi. Symbolically billing themselves as the “G7,” the leaders said Russia’s actions were incompatible with the Group of Eight Nations, which Moscow joined in 1997, and said they would stay out of the Black Sea resort summit until the G8 can return to “meaningful” dialogue. The leaders said they joined together to “condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine.” “We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”

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