Russia wants to continue contacts with G8 states: Kremlin

MOSCOW Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:30am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants to continue contacts with G8 member states, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after the other seven members suspended their participation in the group.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, which does not include Russia, also agreed on Monday to hold their own summit instead of attending a G8 meeting in Russia in June because of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

It will be the first time since Russia joined the Group of Eight in 1998 that it will have been shut out of the annual summit of industrialized democracies.

Asked about contacts with the other G8 nations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency: "The Russian side continues to be ready to have such contacts at all levels, including the top level. We are interested in such contacts."

Itar-Tass news agency quoted Peskov as saying the signs from other countries that they were unwilling to continue dialogue was "counterproductive".

The United States and the European Union have imposed some sanctions on Moscow, including visa bans for some of Putin's inner circle, and warned of additional measures if Putin does not change course.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (4)
mcanterel wrote:
The spin on this sound bite in Reuters’s title is sooooo ridiculous! At every turn trying to show Russia weakened, whereas it is obvious to any learned person that they have been on the strong AND ethical side of the Ukraine affaire from the start.

Mar 25, 2014 7:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mcanterel wrote:
Hilarious title Reuters. Here is what Russia really think, from the voice of its FM:
http://rt.com/news/lavrov-g8-crimea-kerry-933/

Oh, but Reuters prefers to spin the soundbites that suits its propaganda best!

Mar 25, 2014 7:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cautious123 wrote:
Talk about pots calling the kettle black! Every one of those European countries, not to mention the U.S., has been involved in trumped-up wars, unprovoked invasions of sovereign nations, and support for Israel’s illegal annexation of Palestinian lands. Yet, here they are, pointing the finger at Putin–who at least had the sense to have the Crimeans vote on their own breakaway from Ukraine. How about allowing Gaza and the West Bank to vote on getting the Israelis off their lands? What a bunch of lowlife hypocrites! If these are the leaders chosen by their people, then democracy is a huge failure and “the people” are imbeciles.

Mar 25, 2014 7:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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