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Russia suspended from G-8: France

In this January, 2014 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the media at the end of an EU-Russia summit, at the European Council building in Brussels. With Crimea in Russia’s pocket, the world anxiously awaits Putin’s next move.  

France’s foreign minister says that leaders of the Group of Eight world powers have suspended Russia’s participation in the club amid tensions over Ukraine and Russia’s incursion into Crimea.

The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host in June in Sochi.

France’s Laurent Fabius went further on Tuesday, saying on Europe-1 radio that “concerning the G-8 ... we decided to suspend Russia’s participation, and it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia.”

Mr. Fabius did not give further details.

The U.S. and European Union on Tuesday announced >new sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Crimean Peninsula.

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