G8 will not take place in Sochi says U.K. leader

Russia facing diplomatic cold-shoulder after Crimea annexation

Russia facing diplomatic cold-shoulder after Crimea annexation

LONDON – U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that a planned G8 summit “will not be held in Russia”.

The high-profile meeting was due to take place in June in the Russian city of Sochi, which recently hosted the Winter Olympic games.

However, following recent events in Crimea, the European Union and United States have placed sanctions on Russia and are threatening further action. 

Speaking in the Netherlands where world leaders are attending a nuclear co-operation conference, Cameron said it was “absolutely clear” that the G8 summit would not take place in Sochi. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited to the nuclear talks at The Hague where the U.K., U.S. and other world leaders are in attendance.

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