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G-7 Lays Down New Conditions for Russia
Jun 07, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid down new markers for Russia giving a month to meet their conditions in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

The new thresholds for action were spelled out at a joint news conference, following a G-7 world leader summit that was re-arranged to exclude Russian President Vladimir Putin after his aggressive moves in Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe also have imposed economic sanctions in response.

To avoid even harsher sanctions, David Cameron said, Russia must meet three conditions: recognize Petro Poroshenko's election as the new leader in Ukraine, stop arms from crossing the border and cease support for pro-Russian separatist groups concentrated in eastern Ukraine. If these things don't happen, then sectoral sanctions will follow. The next month will be vital in judging if Russia has taken these steps. 

Barak Obama said the G-7 leaders unanimously agree with the steps. If Russia takes those steps, then it is possible for us to begin to rebuild trust between Russia and its neighbours and Europe. We will have a chance to see what Russia does over the next two, three, four weeks, and if it remains on the current course, then we've already indicated the kinds of actions that we're prepared to take. He acknowledged that so-called sectoral sanctions, which would hit key sectors of Russia's economy, could have a bigger impact across Europe because of economic ties to Russia, and he didn't necessarily expect all European countries to agree on them. But, it's important to take individual countries' sensitivities in mind and make sure that everybody is ponying up.

Vladimir Putin's meetings with Top leaders of Britain, France and Germany illustrate how Obama and European leaders are taking different strategies for dealing with the Russian leader after trying to isolate him over his moves in Ukraine, including Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.


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