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Ukraine crisis: Canada warns Russia, says G8 membership at risk

Published on Mar 4, 2014 6:05 AM
 
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention in Toronto, Ontario, on March 3, 2014. Mr Harper on March 3, 2014 warned that Russia could be stripped of its membership in the Group of Eight industrialized nations if it doesn't reverse course in Ukraine. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday warned that Russia could be stripped of its membership in the Group of Eight industrialized nations if it doesn't reverse course in Ukraine.

The move is being considered by Canada and other G8 members as part of a basket of sanctions targeting Russia over its military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine.

On Sunday, the group withdrew from preparations for June's G8 summit in Sochi to protest against what they see as Russia's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.

"(Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin's action has put his country on a course of diplomatic and economic isolation, and that could well see Russia exit the G8 entirely," Mr Harper said.

 
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