CRIMEA CRISIS: G8 CANCELS SUMMIT IN RUSSIA

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By Ayomide Oriade

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol

The G8 summit scheduled to hold in Sochi, Russia in June has been canceled as the EU and US attempt to isolate Moscow over its actions in Crimea.

British Prime Minister David Cameron disclosed this while speaking in The Hague ahead of a meeting of G7 leaders. He said: “We should be clear there’s not going to be a G8 summit this year in Russia. That’s absolutely clear.”

Russian troops, backed by helicopters and armoured personnel carriers, reportedly forced their way into the base in Feodosia in the early hours of Monday morning, and Cameron said Russia would face further sanctions if forces moved further into Ukraine.

“These reports are concerning and we need to send a very clear message to the Russian government and to President Putin that it would be completely unacceptable to go further into Ukraine, and that would trigger sanctions from the EU, from the US, from other countries as well.”

The G7 meeting is expected to discuss possible responses to Russian actions in Ukraine as well as concerns that Moscow could be looking to extend its control beyond Crimea.

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