The G7 leaders on Sunday night in Washington condemned Russian actions in Crimea saying they would stop their involvement in preparations for a planned Group of Eight (G8) summit in June in Sochi.
Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
A statement, from the White House said that the Russian military had complete operational control of Crimea which included 6,000 airborne and naval forces, and they are flying in reinforcements.
It said Russia’s actions contravene the principles and values on which the G7 and the G8 operate.
It said that the G7 countries would suspend preparations to take part in the Sochi G8 summit “until the environment comes back where the G8 is able to have meaningful discussion.
It also called on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.
This was coming after U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.
Russian parliament on Saturday approved a request from President Vladimir Putin to use armed force in Ukraine “until the social and political situation in that country is normalized.”
The move came around a week after Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukrainian president and a pro-Western opposition government came to power in Kiev. Yanukovych fled to Russia.
The Russian incursion in Crimea has brought Ukraine to “the brink of disaster,”
Some 200 people protested outside the Russian embassy in Berlin, while 30 anti-Russia activists demonstrated outside NATO headquarters in Brussels. (dpa/NAN)