G7 will demand Russia halt efforts to annex Crimea

STRASBOURG, France (REUTERS) - The Group of Seven advanced economies will demand that Russia halt efforts to annex Ukraine's Crimea region in a statement to be issued later on Wednesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.

"Today at 1230 (1130 GMT), we will release another statement that will leave no doubts about the determination of G7 countries and the European Union," he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

"We call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to annex Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea," he said.