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Kremlin calls G8 summit snub 'counterproductive'

Published on Mar 25, 2014 5:13 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov walks before a wreath laying ceremony to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin walls in central Moscow February 23, 2014. Russia on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 dismissed as counterproductive the decision of G8 member countries to snub a June summit in the Russian resort of Sochi following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday dismissed as counterproductive the decision of G8 member countries to snub a June summit in the Russian resort of Sochi following Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

A summit of the smaller Group of Seven agreed in The Hague on Monday to deepen Moscow's isolation over the crisis in Ukraine and meet without Russia in Brussels instead of gathering in Sochi.

"When it comes to contacts with the G8 countries, we are ready for them, we have an interest in them," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the ITAR-TASS news agency.

"But the unwillingness of other countries to continue dialogue - we consider it counterproductive, both for us and for our partners themselves," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said.

 
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