US Calls G7 Crisis Meeting, May Kick Russia Out of G8
While Ukraine decries 'robbery'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2014 12:43 PM CDT
Joe Biden and Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, right, are heading for talks on Eastern Europe’s security, in Warsaw, Poland, March 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

(Newser) – Moscow has officially signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia, and the West is not happy. President Obama today called for an emergency meeting of the G7 to decide whether to kick Russia out of the G8, the AP reports. The G7, which consists of the US, Britain, Japan, France, Italy, and Canada, became the G8 when Russia joined in the 1990s. The original members will meet on the sidelines of next week's 53-nation nuclear meeting at the Hague—which Russia will also be attending.

"Russia has offered a variety of arguments to justify what is nothing more than a land grab," Joe Biden said today during a visit to Poland, which as a neighbor of both Russia and Ukraine, is a bit on edge. Ukraine's interim president offered an even stronger condemnation, saying Russia was "mimicking the fascists of the last century," while the interim prime minister called it "robbery on an international scale," CNN reports. But Crimea and Russia are working fast to cement the annexation, as Crimean officials announced plans today to switch to the ruble, and change their clocks to match Moscow's, the Globe and Mail reports.

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Mar 19, 2014 2:24 AM CDT
Obama is such a joke :-) Let's take a look. Leader of Ukraine backed by Russia makes major mistake and kills protesters and then flees HIS country like a baby. New leader of Ukraine has it made until he gets stupid and declares the Russian language illegal and makes it clear ethnic Russians will face a tough life under new Ukrainian ruler. DUMB. Putin takes this as threat to lose control of his only port access at Crimea under new IDIOT Ukraine leader we now back and decides to MAKE SURE HIS COUNTRY OF RUSSIA DOESN'T LOSE ITS PORT ACCESS AND TAKES CONTROL OF CRIMEA WITHOUT TAKING A SHOT. The West gets all indignant because the US/European backed leader of Ukraine over played his hand and Putin called his bluff and now here we are. Do you really think Putin has any respect for Obama/Kerry. LOL and now Obama continues to TRY AND ACT TOUGH after a major foreign policy failure. Hey President O I think you better quit while you are somewhat ahead or Putin is going to show you how a real Super Power operates.
Mar 18, 2014 10:24 PM CDT
Obama today is saying: Lets do something about Russia. That's it??? If Obama was as mean towards Russia as he was with the U.S., maybe he could have piss off Putin.
Mar 18, 2014 6:21 PM CDT
Obama will try some economical bulling but Europe and Japan knows what's good for them. Russia is capable to kill the dollar and global economy with it if it really wants to.