US Moves To Kick Russia out of G8

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WASHINGTON — The United States has warned Russia its inclusion in the G8 is in jeopardy. Following Russia’s armed invasion of the Ukraine, US rhetoric condemning the actions and implying that economic sanctions against the Russian Federation has increased.

Russia is set to host the next session of the G8, an annual summit of the world’s most powerful economies. The members include the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia.

The next G8 meeting is to take place in June, in the hastily renovated city of Sochi. All member nations of the G8 (excluding Russia) have announced they will not participate and attend the meeting, showing solidarity with US demands for Russia to withdraw its 6,000 troops from the Crimean peninsula of the Ukraine.

Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in on the invasion, saying that Russia’s invasion “puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.” The G7 nations issued an official statement as well, citing intention “to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G8 summit in Sochi in June, until the environment comes back where the G8 is able to have meaningful discussion. We condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”