Obama asks G7, EU to meet on Ukraine
March 19, 2014, 12:07 am TWN
WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a G-7 summit next week to discuss the escalating showdown with Russia over Crimea.
The White House said Obama asked fellow leaders of the grouping — minus G-8 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.
"The United States and the other members of the G-7 have already suspended our preparations for the G-8 Summit in Sochi," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.
"Today President Obama invited his counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the EU to a meeting of G-7 leaders next week on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.
"The meeting will focus on the situation in Ukraine and further steps that the G-7 may take to respond to developments and to support Ukraine."