Skip to comments.US to boycott G8 Summit in Sochi unless Russia reverses course on Ukraine
Posted on 03/04/2014 5:39:21 PM PST by Jim Robinson
The United States took another punitive measure against Russia Tuesday, announcing it would not participate in a G8 Summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless Moscow reversed course on Ukraine, Reuters reported.
The move followed an hour-long phone conversation between President Obama and West German Chancellor Angela Merkel that senior administration officials told Fox News focused on trying to construct a diplomatic off-ramp to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.
The White House released a statement saying the two leaders agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment international observers and human rights monitors, and of initiating direct talks between Russia and Ukraine.
The U.S. will boycott the Sochi G8 summit unless Moscow reverses its position on Ukraine, Reuters quoted a senior administration official as saying.
Officials acknowledged to Fox News that Europeans are skeptical of sanctions against Russia that may harm European economies, but these allies are also concerned that without sanctions, the situation in Ukraine could escalate.
Pressed on any potential military action if Putin takes more territory, the officials said they still see no scenario involving military action of any kind
Earlier Tuesday, at a press conference, Putin insisted that none of his troops had moved into Crimea -- a statement that stunned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
When informed by a reporter of Putin's claim, Kerry -- who arrived in Kiev on Tuesday -- smiled and said, "He really denied there were troops in Crimea?"
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That’ll learn ‘em!
Barry will stomp his foot and hold his breath until his face turns purple and his ears flap/wobble unless he gets his way.
Pass the popcorn, I wanna see him turn purple and flap.
Jimmah would agree with this strategy.
Hey Obama: the world will continue to turn without your presence at the G-8.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
So...let me see if I got this straight.
We can’t throw Russia out.
So we throw ourselves out.
This is definitely Barney Fife revisited. Don’t give those boys any bullets.
You know if he really wanted to threaten them he’d send moochelle over, I know it would scare me.
Let me see if I have this straight: the Russians get territory in exchange for a guest not making it to a party. Hmmm.
Barry and the Mooch will protest by taking a vacation somewhere exclusive with a golf course nearby.
If Putin won’t play fair, Obama will take his
what-ever you call that thing, and go home!
Man, I dunno. That’s pretty extreme. Shouldn’t they try something a little more nuanced first, like switching from Beluga caviar to domestic for the champagne receptions?
The kenyan and Merkel are dismantling NATO deterrence. Three NATO countries invoked article 4 of the Washington Treaty. Then NATO did nothing. Literally NOTHING. Now everybody, including Putin, knows what will happen if they invoke article 5 in the future.
“The U.S. will boycott the Sochi G8 summit unless Moscow reverses its position on Ukraine”
And we’ll live with what the G7 people decide, right?
Hey, what if the G7 guys invite China as number 8?
The difference between Barry and Barney Fife is that Barney actually cared about Mayberry. Obummer doesn’t give a rat’s fart about America.
I heard Obama might even unfriend Putin on facebook!!
Yeah, the Russkies are scared now!
I apologize for taking Barney’s name in vain. :>)
Right! Putin is quaking in his boots.