G7 warns Russia of more sanctions, pledges climate action

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) talks with US President Barack Obama at the G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015World leaders Monday warned Russia it would face stepped-up sanctions for its “aggression” in Ukraine, as they wrapped up a G7 meeting also pledging strong action to fight climate change. For the third time, Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin was barred from a G7 summit due to what US President Barack Obama termed his “aggression in Ukraine”, as the Group of Seven top powers closed ranks against Russia. “We … stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia should its actions so require,” said the leaders in a joint communique after the two-day huddle.

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