18 March, 15:06

Russia has been suspended from G8 - France’s FM Fabius

Russia has been suspended from G8 - France’s FM Fabius

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said the Group of Eight suspended Russia’s participation in their meetings. However, President Putin is still invited to visit France on June 6.

The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host in June in Sochi over the situation in Crimea.

Laurent Fabius went further today, telling Europe-1 radio that “concerning the G-8 ... we decided to suspend Russia’s participation, and it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia”

He did not give further details.

Voice of Russia

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