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G-7 to meet on Ukraine in Washington

Finance Ministers of the Group of Seven industrial powers plan to meet in Washington Thursday to discuss Ukraine amid rising worries that Russia wants to further splinter the country. Diplomatic sources told AFP that the meeting of the group will take place ahead of a G20 finance minister and central banker meeting in Washington, timed to coincide with the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

G-7 to meet on Ukraine in Washington

Finance Ministers of the Group of Seven industrial powers plan to meet in Washington Thursday to discuss Ukraine amid rising worries that Russia wants to further splinter the country. Diplomatic sources told AFP that the meeting of the group will take place ahead of a G20 finance minister and central banker meeting in Washington, timed to coincide with the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

World leaders begin G7 meeting in The Hague: diplomats

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - G7 leaders gathered in the Netherlands have started meetings in Russia's absence to discuss the Ukraine crisis, diplomats said on Monday. The meeting in The Hague, the Dutch seat of government, was attended by U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from the other leading industrialized nations on the sidelines of a Nuclear Security Summit. (Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; editing by Geert De Clercq/Mark Heinrich)

US vows more sanctions after Russian takes Crimea

The White House vowed on Tuesday to level more sanctions against Russia for its moves to take over the Crimea. "We condemn Russia's moves to formally annex" Crimea, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, noting that there had already been sanctions designations against Russian officials. "There are more to come," he warned. Carney said Obama spoke by telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the next steps to take on Crimea and how to support Ukraine.

Obama asks G7, EU to meet next week in The Hague on Ukraine

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a G7 summit next week to discuss the escalating showdown with Russia over Crimea. The White House said Obama asked fellow leaders of the grouping -- minus G8 member Russia -- to join him in the Hague, where he will be attending a nuclear security summit to discuss the crisis and how to support Ukraine. col/jm

Officials discussing possibility of a G7 meeting soon: Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included. Diplomats had previously said one way for the international community to punish Moscow for its incursion into Ukraine would be to hold a G7 meeting.

G7 leaders condemn Russia over Ukraine

The leaders of the world's top industrialized powers turned Sunday on fellow G8 member Russia for its "clear" violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, withdrawing from preparations for June's G8 summit in Sochi. Symbolically billing themselves as the "G7," the leaders said Russia's actions were incompatible with the Group of Eight Nations, which Moscow joined in 1997, and said they would stay out of the Black Sea resort summit until the G8 can return to "meaningful" dialogue.

G7 leaders condemn Russia over Ukraine

The leaders of the world's top industrialized powers turned Sunday on fellow G8 member Russia for its "clear" violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, withdrawing from preparations for June's G8 summit in Sochi. Symbolically billing themselves as the "G7," the leaders said Russia's actions were incompatible with the Group of Eight Nations, which Moscow joined in 1997, and said they would stay out of the Black Sea resort summit until the G8 can return to "meaningful" dialogue.

G7 promises robust aid for Ukraine

The finance ministers of the world's top industrialized countries promised a firm aid package to Ukraine on Sunday, while calling for reform and a central role by the International Monetary Fund. Earlier, leaders of the countries symbolically billed themselves as the "G7," saying Russia's actions were incompatible with the Group of Eight Nations, which Moscow joined in 1997, and withdrew from preparations for June's G8 summit in Sochi.

G7 finance ministers say ready to aid Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Finance ministers from the Group of Seven developed nations said on Sunday they were prepared to provide "strong financial backing to Ukraine" and that support from the International Monetary Fund will be critical in unlocking other aid. "We are united in our commitment to provide strong financial backing to Ukraine," the G7 ministers said in a joint statement. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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