Report: Merkel mulls boycotting G8 Summit in Sochi

If the referendum on the future of the Crimean peninsula goes ahead, the German chancellor Merkel will cancel her participation in G8 Summit to be held in Sochi in June, Spiegel reports.

If the referendum on the future of the Crimean peninsula goes ahead, the German chancellor Merkel will cancel her participation in G8 Summit to be held in Sochi in June, Spiegel reports.

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not participate in a G8 Summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless Russia and its allies in Crimea stop a referendum on the future of the Crimean peninsula, the German news weekly Der Spiegel has reported.

The move is the latest sign of Germany’s growing impatience with Russia’s policy towards Ukraine and it followed recent phone conversations Merkel had with her Western counterparts.

If the plans for a referendum on the future of the Crimean peninsula are not halted, Chancellor Merkel will have no choice but to cancel her participation, Der Spiegel quoted senior government officials as saying.

Concerns over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea`s future remain high after the regional parliament voted on last week to hold a referendum on March 16 to decide whether Crimea should join Russia.

The planned referendum has been condemned as illegal by both the European Union and the United States.

The U.S. administration also announced last week that it will boycott the Sochi G8 summit unless Russia reverses its position on Ukraine.

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