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Ukraine crisis: US says Russia's seat at G8 summit at risk

Published on Mar 6, 2014 12:47 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Russia on Wednesday that its actions in Ukraine have put its role in the elite Group of Eight club of leading nations at risk.

With Russia to host a summit of G8 leaders in Sochi in June, Lew linked its incursion into Ukraine’s Crimea and interventions in the country’s politics to Moscow’s continuing position in the G8.

“We are on a path where I think it’s clear Russia cannot sit in Sochi at G8 meetings while it’s pursuing the policies that it’s now pursuing,” Mr Lew told a Senate committee.

“Russia has to be held accountable for the actions it has taken, and also has to have a path to step back from what is a dangerous escalation,” Mr Lew said.