The current situation in which Russia plays a leading part has determined G8 to pan the country, but the fear that the federation led by Vladimir Putin could fight back persists. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated that the country ruled by Putin has been suspended from the group of the most wealthy and powerful countries in the world, German chancellor Angela Merkel said that all G8 meetings will be suspended until the situation is resolved and the British Prime Minister David Cameron is waiting until Putin makes another move that could harm Ukraine.
G8 represents a forum for leaders of the most industrialized countries in the world and, with nations like Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the United States panning Russia, the eighth power of the assembly could fight back and cause an unfavorable situation for all the countries involved. After Sunday’s referendum in which it was decided that Crimea no longer belongs to Ukraine, the United States decided to impose sanctions against eleven Russian and Ukrainian officials and the European Union applied 21 penalties against 21 officials.
G8 No Longer in Phase
German chancellor Angela Merkel stated that G8 will remain in the current formation and denied rumors according to which Russia was dismissed from the forum. She also mentioned the only plan is to suspend the summit which should have taken place in Sochi in June 2014. However, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius announced on radio station Europe-1 that the country led ly Putin is no longer a member of the Group of Eight.
While G8 is no longer in phase, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the West will face consequences after applying the “absolutely unacceptable” penalties imposed by both the United States and European Union on Moscow.
At the same time, the situation in Crimea gets worse as Ukraine’s defence minister and deputy prime minister were not allowed to enter the peninsula which once belong to the country they represent.
Fabius called the current situation the largest of its kind since the end of the Cold War, which added concerns regarding Russia’s possible plan to fight back if G8 continues to pan it. He also mentioned that dialogue will be used in order to restore peace, but at the same time said that the forum will prevent Putin from going any further. During an appearance on France 2 TV, Fabius also stated that if Russia continues to exert power into the eastern Ukraine, “there will be a reaction, including with force,” Reuters quoted.
The French Foreign Minister made it clear that the nation led by Vladimir Putin will not be allowed “to do simply anything,” and Ukraine is already in alert. Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski shares Fabius’ stance and mentioned that if Putin does not correct the harm he has done, further sanctions will be imposed. However, Sikorski also added that setting penalties is not what G8 wishes, “because Russia will probably respond and we’ll all suffer as a result.”
No further information is known with regard to G8’s decision related to Russia’s future involvement in the forum, but plenty decision-makers believe that if Putin’s nation continues to be panned by the group, it could fight back.
By Gabriela Motroc