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The G7 strategy for dealing with Russia is to shun the predator. Europeans and Japan join the US in a show of disdain for Russia by cancelling their meeting in Sochi and holding it on friendly soil. At the same time, the door may have been left for a visit by Vladimir Putin, but he chose to stay home, of course. He may have been arrested for violating international law by invading Crimea. (Small chance)

In one report by The Hill this morning, the headline was “Russia kicked out of G8 club.” That language sounds frivolous compared with Russia’s war like invasion. Then again, Russia’s land grab was accomplished without firing a shot. All they had to do is march in a hold a referendum.

Worse behavior can be expected by Russia until and unless the Europeans extricate themselves from dependence on trade.

“The Topline: President Obama and the Group of Seven leaders have booted Russia out of the club.

The G-7 leaders effectively suspended Russia’s membership in the Group of Eight by announcing they would hold a G-7 summit in Brussels in June to replace the planned G-8 summit Russia was set to host in Sochi.
In a statement, the countries indicated they were willing to impose coordinated sanctions against Russia in response to its military intervention in Ukraine.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that "as long as Russia is flagrantly violating international law and the order that the G-7 has helped to build since the end of the Cold War, there's no need for the G-7 to engage with Russia."

The move was dismissed by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who said Russia would not be affected by the exclusion.

"If our Western partners believe the format has exhausted itself, we don't cling to this format. We don't believe it will be a big problem if it doesn't convene," Lavrov told reporters in Amsterdam, according to Reuters.
Monday’s move to a G-7 summit is the latest in a series of steps taken against Russia since it annexed Crimea last week.

The G-7 includes Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Britain, and was expanded to include Russia in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

The Hill

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