Seven of the G8 countries have frozen preparations for Sochi

Russia's partners in the Group of Eight suspended its participation in preparation for the summit, scheduled for June 4-5 in Sochi. This is stated in a written statement of the club, which is spread by press service of the White House.

The document states that the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan, as well as head of the European Council and the European Commission condemns Russia's actions in respect of Ukraine and urged Moscow for direct talks with Kiev.

From the point of view of the authors of the document, Moscow has violated its obligations under the UN Charter, as well as its agreement with Ukraine on the placement of Russian Black Sea Fleet base in Crimea 1997.

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"We call on Russia to remove any remaining concerns her that the area of ​​security or human rights, through direct negotiations with Ukraine and / or through international supervision or mediation under the auspices of the United Nations or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We are ready to assist in these efforts, "- the document says.

"We decided to freeze our participation in the processes of preparation for the planned June G8 summit in Sochi, until the situation returns to the point at which the G8 can start a discussion on the merits" - said in a statement.

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

G7 countries also expressed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and intend to support the country in dealing with the IMF to draw up a new lending program.

"Support for the IMF to be crucial in order to unlock additional assistance from the World Bank and other international financial institutions, the EU and bilateral sources," - noted the country's "Seven". The countries also committed themselves to continue to work on the creation of a package of bilateral and multilateral assistance to Ukraine.

In addition, as the message of the White House, Obama spoke separately on Sunday with Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The leaders stressed that the dialogue between Ukraine and Russia should begin immediately and with international assistance if necessary", - reported in the White House.

Earlier it was reported on the refusal of certain countries party to G8 summits of the preparation for the Sochi meeting, to be held in June 2014. Thus, the suspension of preparations for the summit stated in the US, UK, Canada and France.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke on March 2 against the possible expulsion of Russia from among the participants the "Big Eight". In particular, he noted that the G8 format allows Western countries to engage in direct dialogue with Russia, and they are not worth the sacrifice. The evening of 2 March, it became known that Vladimir Putin after a conversation with Angela Merck agreed to the creation of a group to investigate the situation in Crimea.

In Ukraine, February 22 there was a change of power, with signs of a coup. Verkhovna Rada of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the constitution entrusted the duties of the President in the Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov and appointed a presidential election for May 25.

Crimea and Sevastopol city council refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government in Ukraine. The Federation Council on Saturday voted unanimously to give President Vladimir Putin agreed on the use of Russian armed forces in the Ukraine to the normalization of the socio-political situation in the country.

Later, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that the consent of the Federation Council does not mean that this right will be realized quickly.

Source: rus.ruvr.ru/news/2014_03_03/Strani-...8-v-Sochi-4507/

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