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Preparations for G8 Summit in Sochi suspended not at Russia’s initiative, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. “Crimean reality cannot be changed,” he added.

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` Group of Eight will not meet until ` Russia ' changes its policy towards ` Ukraine ' according to Cameron '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – March 26 – The Group of Eight will not meet until Russia changes its policy towards Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, March 26.

The leaders of the seven most industrialised nations (G7) have agreed to hold their next meeting in Brussels in June.

They refused to go to Russia’s Sochi for a G8 summit because of the Ukraine crisis.

Cameron earlier threatened to exclude Russia from the Group of Eight if it refused to cooperate on de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine.

Speaking at a meeting of the EU heads of state or government on March 6, Cameron stressed that “illegal actions committed by Russia cannot pass without a response.”

“And if Russia does not rapidly engage in direct talks with the Ukrainian government to find a solution to this crisis, we have been clear that we will go further,” Cameron warned, adding that the leaders had tasked the European Commission to start work on additional measures, including travel bans and asset freezes.

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` Moscow Interested in Continuing Contacts with ` G8 Nations ‘ Including Top Level – Putin ‘

#AceWorldNews – KREMLIN – March 25 – Moscow is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Tuesday.

“The Russian side continues to be ready to have such contacts at all levels, including the top level,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations on Monday suspended their participation in the Group of Eight industrialized nations until Russia changes course on Ukraine, Reuters said.

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` Russia does not hold on to the Group of Eight (G8) Lavrov said after talks with Kerry in the Hague ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – G7 – March 24 – Russia does to hold on to the G8 (Group of Eight), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague on Monday, March 24.

“The G8 is an informal club. There are no membership cards there and no one can be expelled from it by definition. It has played it role, as many think, because all economic and financial issues are discussed within the Group of 20.

The Group of Eight continued to exit mainly because it was a forum for discussion between the leading Western countries and Russia,” he said.

He recalled that the G8 had discussed such issues as the Iranian nuclear issue, nuclear security on the Korean Peninsula, Syria, and the Balkans.

“But there are actually other formats for discussing these issues – the U.N. Security Council, there is the Middle East Quartet to discuss the Middle East settlement, and the P1+5 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue,” Lavrov said.

“If our Western partners think that this format has outlived itself, so be it. We do not hold on to it. We don’t think it will be a tragedy if it’s not convened. We can wait for a year or a year and a half, as an experiment, and see how we live without it,” the minister said.

Replying to questions from journalists on March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was still preparing the G8 summit in Sochi scheduled for June.

“We will be ready to host the summit with our colleagues. If they do not want to come – so be it,” he said.

He stressed that Russia’s actions were based on international law and bilateral obligations, unlike those of the United States which “always clearly formulates their own geopolitical and states interests and follow them with persistence… and draw the whole world in.”

When asked about possible sanctions from the West against Russia, Putin said that “It is primarily those who intend to apply them that need to consider their consequences.”

The president stressed that “any threat against Russia is counter-productive and harmful.”

Russia took over the presidency in the Group of Eight on January 1, 2014. The main event of its presidency – the G8 summit – was scheduled to be held in Sochi on June 4-5.

British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to exclude Russia from the Group of Eight if it refused to cooperate on de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine. Speaking at a meeting of the EU heads of state or government on March 6, Cameron stressed that “illegal actions committed by Russia cannot pass without a response.”

The EU leaders agreed to suspend negotiations on a more liberal visa regime for Russians, to stop work on a comprehensive new agreement on relations between Russia and the EU, and to pull out of all preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June.

“And if Russia does not rapidly engage in direct talks with the Ukrainian government to find a solution to this crisis, we have been clear that we will go further,” Cameron warned, adding that the leaders had tasked the European Commission to start work on additional measures, including travel bans and asset freezes.

He noted that “situation in Ukraine remains highly precarious – the slightest miscalculation could see it spiral out of control” and issued “a very clear warning to President Putin that he must not destabilise the situation further.”

“If Russia does not change course, the statement issued today now makes clear that there will be severe and far reaching consequences in areas such an energy, trade, and financial relations,” he said.

On March 9, Putin had telephone conversations with Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The conversations continued discussion on the highly complex social and political situation unfolding in Ukraine and also issues concerning the organisation of a referendum in Crimea on March 16, 2014.

Although the three leaders did express differences of opinion regarding the events taking place, they declared their common interest in de-escalating tension and returning the situation to normal as soon as possible,” the presidential press service said.

Putin noted, in particular, that the steps Crimea’s legitimate authorities were taking were in line with international law and seek to guarantee the lawful interests of the peninsula’s population.

The president also noted that the current authorities in Kiev had not taken any steps to rein in ultra-nationalist and radical forces in the Ukrainian capital and in many regions.

The three leaders exchanged views on possible international efforts to settle the crisis. They agreed to continue close working contacts, including at the foreign ministers’ level, the press service said.

On March 24, Cameron said the summit would not take place, and Merkel said the G8 format no longer existed.

The Group of Eight (G8) is an unofficial forum of the world’s major economies (Russia, the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Canada, and Italy, with the participation of the EU Leaders) designed to coordinate approaches to the most pressing issues of global affairs.

The G8 does not operate as an international organisation, not being based on an international treaty or having a charter or permanent secretariat.

The decisions taken by the G8 are non-binding political commitments of the member states to follow the agreed logic of action in addressing specific issues.

The host country of the G8 annual summit is presiding over the forum throughout the year, coordinating the G8’s operating activities.

The rotation of the G8 Presidency starts with France (last presidency in 2011), followed by the U.S., the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada.

The EU does not host summits and cannot assume presidency.

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#AceWorldNews THE HAGUE March 24 The leaders of…

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – March 24 – The leaders of the seven most industrialised nations (G7) have agreed to hold their next meeting in Brussels in June, Reuters reported on Monday, March 24.

They refused to go to Russia’s Sochi for a G8 summit because of the Ukraine crisis.

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` Russia will not cling to ` G8 Format ' if West does not Want it Either '

#AceWorldNews – HAGUE – March 24 – Russia is not clinging to the G8 format, as all major world problems can be discussed at other international venues such as Group of Twenty (G20), Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

“The G8 is an informal club, no one gives out membership cards and no one can expel members,” Lavrov told a media conference at the Hague. “If our Western partners believe that this format has exhausted itself, let it be. We are not clinging to it.”

He went on to say that many believe that the G8 has already fulfilled its mission as many issues are now discussed at the G20 forum.

“Generally speaking, there are also other formats for considering many questions, including the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet and the P5+1 on the Iranian nuclear problem,” Lavrov told journalists.

Also Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has emphasized the importance of preserving the current G8 format. She was speaking earlier on Monday while accompanying Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).

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` Ukraine is ready to take a vacant place in the `G8 ‘ says Yatsenyuk ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV, March 22 – Ukraine is ready to take a vacant place in the Group of Eight if any, parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk after a meeting with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper on Saturday, March 22.

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` David Cameron says that `Russia ‘ may be excluded from `G8 Summit’ and suspend negotiations on liberal `Visa Regime’ for Russian’s’

#AceWorldNews Russia may be excluded from the Group of Eight if it refuses to cooperate on de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in the parliament on Monday, March 10.

He expressed hope, however, that this would not happen.

Speaking at a meeting of the EU heads of state or government on March 6, Cameron stressed that “illegal actions committed by Russia cannot pass without a response.”

The EU leaders agreed to suspend negotiations on a more liberal visa regime for Russians, to stop work on a comprehensive new agreement on relations between Russia and the EU, and to pull out of all preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June.

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LONDON, March 10, /ITAR-TASS/.

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` Seven countries out of the `G8 ‘ have unnamiously condemned `Russia’s position on the Ukraine ‘ – Joint Statement.

#AceWorldNews says that Seven countries “Group of Eight” in a joint statement condemned Russia’s position on Ukraine and announced that it was suspending participation in the preparations for the summit in Sochi.

“We note that the actions of Russia in Ukraine contrary to the principles and values ​​on which the function G7 and G8.

Therefore, we decided to stop at the time of participation in activities to prepare for the summit scheduled for June in Sochi, until situation does not allow the “eight” to conduct meaningful discussions, “- said in a statement released by the White House on Monday.

The statement was signed by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and USA, as well as the European Council and the European Commission.

Russia’s G8 partners also urged Moscow to solve the concerns of its security and human rights associated with what is happening in Ukraine, by direct negotiation in the presence of international observers or through the UN and the OSCE.

Authors of the statement stressed that Russia ready to help in these efforts.

In addition, the statement called on all parties to the conflict Ukrainian “behave very responsibly and with restraint and reduce tensions.”

It says ready to support Kiev in restoring unity, stability, political and economic well-being, as well as in the negotiations with the IMF.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia and all risks losing in G8, if not change its position on the Crimea.

“Russia may lose summit” Group of Eight “in Sochi. If the situation does not change, it is possible that even this country is excluded from the G8”, – he said in an interview with U.S. television channel NBC .

Kerry promised that the Russian authorities could face “the freezing of assets of Russian entrepreneurs, leaving American business from the Russian market.”

He also warned of the possibility of a further fall in the ruble. ”

“We’ll have to pay a huge price.
This is not a position of strength. If Russia wants to be a country of G8, it should behave as such – said the Secretary of State. – G8 plus some other countries – all of them are fully prepared expose Russia insulation for this intrusion, “- said U.S. Secretary of State.

Moscow. March 3. INTERFAX.RU

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` Britain now pulls out of of `G8 Summit’ in Sochi due to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine’

#AceWorldNews says that Britain has pulled out of this week’s preparatory meetings for the G8 summit in Sochi in June in protest at Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday.

“The UK will join other G8 countries this week in suspending our cooperation under the G8, which Russia chairs this year, including meetings this week for the preparation of the G8 summit,” Hague told reporters shortly before flying to Kiev.

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`France tries to apply pressure to Kremilin over the Ukraine and is reportedly suspending preparations for G8 in Sochi ‘

#AceWorldNews says according to latest reports France is reportedly suspending preparations for a G8 summit to be held in Sochi, Russia, as part of pressure on the Kremlin over Ukraine.

President Francois Hollande met with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other officials this morning to discuss the situation in Ukraine and look for ways of de-escalating tensions and preventing military intervention, French media report, quoting sources in the Elysee Palace.

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#AceWorldNews says according to MOSCOW February 14 ITAR…

#AceWorldNews says according to MOSCOW, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The chief of Russia’s federal drug control service FSKN has met with university students, who in the spring will take part in the youth summit Y8 Russia 2014 in the run-up to a meeting of G8 anti-drug agencies, to explain why he is so firmly against the legalization of light narcotic drugs.

“I am very negative about the idea of legalization, and it cannot be otherwise,” Ivanov said in response to a question from the student audience.

“All of us travel by train and by air. Will you be very happy to know the traffic controllers use drugs? Those who have smoked marijuana for a month, let alone a year, begin to interpret the situation inadequately and feel depressed,” Ivanov said, describing this state of the human body as delirium tremens (shaking frenzy).

Ivanov recalled that in May 2012 Russia put its signature to a declaration on the impermissibility of legalizing drugs.

Among the main priorities of Russia’s presidency of the G8 in 2014 are resistance to extremism and drug threat, health protection and management of risks related to natural and man-made disasters and the settlement of regional conflicts.

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” Putin Agrees to Meet `Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’ in Japan this Autumn to Remove Block on Bilateral Relations”

#AceWorldNews says Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to visit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this autumn, signifying a warming of relations following an ongoing island dispute that neither wishes to stand in the way of trade.

“We have seen a good environment created that could help resolve the most difficult problem in bilateral relations,” Putin said before talks began.

Abe told a news conference in Sochi: “Japan and Russia want to solve complex problems and sign a peace treaty as soon as possible.”

The leaders will first meet again at the 40th G8 Summit, also to be held in Sochi in June.

Putin’s press secretary, Dmirty Peskov, confirmed to ITAR-TASS that the visit to Japan is scheduled for October.

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Alistair Burt Middle Eastern Foreign Minister Welcomes Step that will Starve Al Qaeda of Access to Funding

#AceWorldNews says Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt welcomes step that will starve Al Qaeda of access to funding.

Speaking in New York the other day, where he co-chaired the Friends of Yemen conference, Mr Burt said:
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) aims to destabilise the Government of Yemen and its security forces. Its ability to do so is significantly enhanced by funding gained through large ransom payments for foreign national hostages. We estimate that in the last two years AQAP has received almost US$20 million in ransom payments. Should this continue, AQAP’s attack capability in Yemen and against its friends and neighbours will only strengthen. “Many Friends of Yemen members in this room have experienced the kidnap of their nationals overseas, and know the terrible impact kidnaps have on individuals and their families. But they also know that making concessions to terrorists, including through ransom payments, serves only to fuel the problem and increases the risk to our nationals.

That is why members of the G8, many of whom are here today, took the unprecedented step at the G8 Summit in Lough Erne to unequivocally reject ransom payments to terrorists. Similar action to reject ransoms to terrorists by Yemen and its friends, who are committed to Yemen’s recovery, will starve AQAP of access to the funding it relies on to exist.

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