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Obama arrives in Netherlands for G7 talks on how to punish Russia over Crimea

Published on Mar 24, 2014 4:55 PM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - US President Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday to discuss with six other world leaders how to punish Russia for annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, including possibly excluding Moscow from the Group of Eight (G8) club of rich nations.

Mr Obama has called an emergency Group of Seven (G7) summit in The Hague to discuss what steps to take against Russia over Crimea.

Russian troops on Monday morning seized another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. Paratroopers and armoured personnel carriers stormed the naval base in Feodosia in the early hours, with vehicles seen leaving the base carrying Ukrainian marines whose hands had been tied.

Russia's near-complete takeover of the Crimea, which it views as a reunification, has forced Western leaders to rethink their relationship with Moscow after a post-Cold War period in which they sought to usher Russia into the broader international community.

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