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G7 to meet without Russia in Brussels
June 4, 2014, 5:59 am

The decision to drop Russia from the group was taken by seven other countries in March, after Crimea’s accession to Russia.[AP]

The decision to drop Russia from the group was taken by seven other countries in March, after Crimea’s accession to Russia.[AP]

In what would be a first in 17 years, the G7 group of industrial nations begin a two-day conclave meet without Russia.

Leaders have arrived in Brussels for the meet of the Group of Seven (G7), which will be held instead of the Group of Eight with exclusion of Russia as the seven country protest against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.

Leaders from the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Canada, Japan and Italy arrived in Brussels instead of the previously planned venue of the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The seven leaders will discuss topics including the situation in Ukraine, global economic and trade, energy security and climate change.

The decision to drop Russia from the group was taken by seven other countries in March, after Crimea’s accession to Russia.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be hosted by his French counterpart Francois Hollande on June 5 in the Elysee Palace, Paris.

Ahead of the G7 meet, Vice President of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party Masahiko Komura on Tuesday met with a close aide to the Russian President, seeking balance between the US and Russia over current Ukraine crisis, local media reported.

 

Source: Agencies 

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