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Russia Still G8 Member, Merkel Says Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Mar 18, 2014, 10:12 PM

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Russia remains a member of the G8. Although, the White House and France tried to expel the country from its membership, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Japan refused to agree on that deal.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Amid the signing of an agreement upon accession of Crimea to Russia, the Russian Federation still remains a member of the G8, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday."

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius declared last week that all G7 members agreed to suspend membership to the Russian Federation. However, his statement was proven to be inaccurate.

According to the Voice of Russia, "She recalled that currently the case in hand is the suspending of preparations by leading western states to hold the G8 summit in Sochi in June. “Apart from that, no further decisions have been taken,” the German leader noted. Merkel added that, as for the G8, “there is no further (progression of events)”.

Nevertheless, France has agreed to export military helicopters to Russia soon.

To read the entire article from the Voice of Russia, link here:

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written by Ryan Vesey , March 20, 2014

The United States and other "Western" nations have been making a serious mistake in the oppositional stance they've taken towards Russia's actions in Crimea. The US is a nation founded on revolution and based on the ideals of self determination. This is an issue we often invoke when taking a side in international politics. Self determination should take precedent over international agreements. In this case, the proper response from the "West" should have been to send neutral observers to ensure that the referendum was carried out without fraud and that everyone had the ability to vote. Instead, we've taken an oppositional attitude towards Russia. This goes against our principles, and is beneficial to the current Russian political elite. It strengthens their grasp on power. I hope that we will realize our mistake and admit it, rather than causing further tension on this issue.

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