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Published on March 25, 2014
Statements to the press by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Hague, March 24, 2014

We had an extremely substantive and very united meeting. The G7 met for 90 minutes. A whole series of conclusions were drawn in relation to the annexation of Crimea by Russia, with a unanimous condemnation.
Among the main decisions, there’s the fact that the G8 summit, which was due to be held in Sochi in June, is being cancelled and replaced by a G7 summit, which will be held in Brussels in June. So it won’t include Russia.

This may be one of the most significant gestures, because it shows quite simply that none of these countries – which are very different from each other: North America, Japan and the European countries – accept the fait accompli of Russia being able to annex Crimea./.

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