News / Europe

G-7 Suspends Russia Over Ukraine

Obama's Europe Trip Aimed at Isolating Russiai
X
Luis Ramirez
March 24, 2014 9:20 PM
The G-7 group of industrialized nations has suspended Russia for its attempts to annex Ukraine's Crimea region. At a meeting in The Hague Monday hosted by President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a nuclear summit, the group said it is ready to intensify sanctions if Russia does not change its behavior. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez is traveling with the president and has this report from The Hague.
Luis Ramirez
The Group of Seven industrialized nations has suspended Russia's membership, in response to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. The action was called by U.S. President Barack Obama, who began a tour of Europe Monday in an effort to isolate Russia.
 
President Obama's official purpose for coming to the Netherlands is to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, but Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula became the main focus.
 
Shortly after arriving Monday, President Obama briefly toured Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum before speaking to reporters.
 
“Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people. We’re united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far," said President Obama.

Those words turned into actions on the sidelines of the nuclear summit later in the day, when Obama hosted an emergency meeting of G7 leaders. In a  joint statement after the meeting, the group condemned the Russian-sponsored referendum for Crimea to secede from Ukraine, and what it described as Russia's illegal attempts to annex the region.  The leaders said they are ready to intensify sanctions they already have imposed if Russia does not change course.  

A senior U.S. official said continued aggression, including incursions into eastern and southern Ukraine, could trigger deeper sanctions against banking, defense and other key sectors of the Russian economy.  Concerns have mounted following reports that Russia is massing troops along the Ukrainian border.


Earlier, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Russia's future in the G7 group is in doubt.  

“We believe there's no reason for the G7 countries to engage with Russia going forward based on its behavior," said Rhodes.

The leaders have cancelled their plans to hold an upcoming G8 meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, and will instead hold a G7 meeting - without Russia - in Brussels.

That is where Obama heads next.  He will call on the EU and NATO to step up support for Ukraine's government.  

President Obama also is looking beyond Europe for support in his effort to isolate Russia.  On the sidelines of the nuclear summit Monday, Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing has questioned Russia's actions in Ukraine. In a rare move, China last week abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring Crimea's Russian-sponsored secession referendum illegal.

Going into Monday's meeting with Obama, President Xi noted the two leaders have stayed in close communication and have been in agreement on a number of important issues.
 
A U.S. official said the Chinese leader affirmed that the principle of independence and sovereignty of nations is fundamental.  China wants to see a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but is not considering sanctions.
 
The nuclear summit has brought together 53 nations to talk about global denuclearization. Although the focus has largely turned to Ukraine, there were some successes Monday in efforts to reduce nuclear stockpiles.
 
U.S. and Japanese officials announced that Japan will hand over hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium that it has held for decades.

You May Like

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

Magical Photo Slides Show Native Americans in Late 1800s

Walter McClintock spent 20 years photographing the Blackfoot Indians and their vanishing culture at the dawn of the modern age More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
by: meanbill from: USA
March 24, 2014 11:27 AM
CRAZY isn't it? .. WHAT did Russia gain from winning the 2014 Crimean war, that never happened?
A Black Sea Fleet Base for life, and 100 million dollars a year in rent they had to pay Ukraine, and they can put that 100 million dollars back in the Crimean economy, can't they? .. (World Prestige?) ...... REALLY
In Response

by: Anonymous
March 24, 2014 7:53 PM
I would bet that 100mil now goes in to putins pocket.

by: meanbill from: USA
March 24, 2014 11:18 AM
THE 2014 CRIMEA WAR, (that never happened?)
The 2014 Crimea war was fought in the western news media, between the US, EU, and Ukraine coup leaders, repeating endless nonsensical theories on what could or would happen in Crimea, if they seceded from Ukraine .. (AND THEN?) .. hilariously imagining that the little green men rushing to defend Crimea, (because of the news media stories), were Russian troops invading Crimea..
IT'S HILARIOUS .. Putin and Russia didn't do a single thing in Crimea .. (BUT?) .. the western news media falsely reported that Russian troops had taken control of Crimea, when in fact it was the Crimean's themselves who took over the government and formed their own defense forces...
CRAZY isn't it? .. The whole 2014 Crimean war was fought and lost in the news media only .. (AND?) .. the Russians won the 2014 Crimean war by doing nothing at all, but watching all the crazy things said and done by the US, EU, Ukraine coup leaders, and the western news media? ........ REALLY
In Response

by: Occupant of Earth from: Earth
March 24, 2014 11:38 PM
Russians invaded their long-time friend and took their land and military bases. Ukraine showed amazing restraint. The whole world should be united in punishing Russia. The allies of the failed country Russia should be even more worried, at least the "West" knows we cannot trust the Russian government.

by: Joe
March 24, 2014 10:37 AM
What cost will Russia "suffer"? They will continue to annex further and shall not be deterred by the West unless the cost is really meaningful and can be measured against their economy.

by: Pianoeman2001 from: New York City
March 24, 2014 9:12 AM
You post Sony Tran's comment and not mine? This should be called "The Voice of Communism", NOT "The Voice of America". I will tell everyone i know about this and tell people to boycott you on facebook.

by: Sony Tran from: Australia
March 24, 2014 4:55 AM
German are the most materialistic and self proud people.They only do what they think benefit them most. Why no one wonder, for what reason Germany is the most vocal critic of US when NSA scandal broke out ? Why Germany quite often opposes US foreign policy ?

Regarding Ukraine crisis.I have my own appraisal as follows:
Ukraine was a victim of Germany and Russia conspiracies and naively supported by US and 27 other EU members as the events have unfolded exactly as their clandestine plan .That’s to divide Ukraine into two parts, Russia will dominate Eastern part of Ukraine militarily and Germany will dominate Western part of Ukraine economically. Besides, Russia and Germany have also planned to redraw European political map in which Germany would dominate EU economically and Russia would dominate militarily and politically to counter US influence on the whole European continent.

The evidence is that Germany was in the front row to back Ukraine protesters to topple Yunakovich swiftly that has created a pretext for Russia to invade Crimea. Then Germany is the first one who has quickly disappeared from the scene when Russia has invaded Crimea. Now it comes back to the front row with rattled but empty rhetoric after Russia has annexed Crimea. Recently, Germany has shown its dislike and irritant to US much stronger than to Russia although East Germany was brutally ruled by USSR for over six decades, and the magic reborn of war torn west Germany mostly relies on US Marshall plan.

USA of Obama has made a fatal mistake when he thought he can tame the wild polar bear and unites EU continent simultenously.But Obama administration has proved that it has continuously failed its foreign policy since Obama elected in 2009. Worse still, if Putin can survive US and EU symbolic sanctions this time and UK people do vote to leave EU in 2017.For sure Germany might also leave EU and even Nato Then the worst scenerio that EU and Nato might also be dissolved quickly after that because other members found out that US is no longer a reliable partner, protector And a confident Germany would dominate EU economically and politically .By then EU countries would return to pre-WWII status and all of them includes UK and France will be most vulnerable to Germany economic pressure and Russia military pressure.They all become a herd of sheeps in the eyes of the 4th Reich and the 3rd Tsar.

Obama administration appeared to be the WEAKEST administration of USA history since WW II .And Obama himself has become a laughing stock in the eyes Russian politicians in the current Crimea crisis . US, UK and France superpower status obviously have been declining day by day because these governemnts have been held hostage by their capitalist vampires as well as the collision between Governments' populism policies and their capitalist elites.
In Response

by: Jim Miller from: Virginia
March 26, 2014 8:33 AM
Historically, the Russian people are a servile group. Under the Tsars, they were a serf population. This continued under 75 years of Bolshevism. Things have not changed much since the end of the Cold War. From a social and cultural perspective, the Russian people are evolutionarily stunted, they have not developed the ability, need, or understanding to think individually.

They are a people who must be told what to think. Democracy cannot be forced on a population. It has to emerge and progress on its own. Do not be surprised when the Russian people strike out because of their possession of a collective bruised ego. Whether it be people ranting on an online blog about not being respected or in the form of nation state actions, as Putin's in Crimea, the same dynamic is at play. As noted, the Russian people are a servile bunch and we need to keep that in mind.
Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs