MOSCOW, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Decision by the Group of Eight (G8) to suspend preparations for the summit due in Russia this summer is groundless, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
"This decision is not only deficient politically, it also contradicts the principals of constructive cooperation in that format in the interests of development, global stability, fighting trans-border challenges and threats," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.
Lukashevich said that decision has harmed not only the eight members of the group, but the entire international community.
Moscow has repeatedly explained its positions over the situation in Ukraine, he said, recommending Russia's partners in the G8 to "study them thoroughly" and said Russia was ready to continue its joint efforts in the frames of the G8.
Earlier in the day, seven members of the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), as well as the European Council and the European Commission issued a joint statement, condemning Russia's position on Ukraine and declaring suspension of their preparations for the Sochi summit due in June.
Also on Monday, Mikhail Margelov, head of Russia's Federation Council's International Committee, said the West did not want to discuss situation in Ukraine with Russia.
"Statements about putting preparations to the G8 summit on hold demonstrate (the group's) unwillingness to jointly discuss the situation in Ukraine," Margelov told reporters.
Noting that G8 meetings have been useful to solve international economic and political problems, Margelov said the seven members of the group reacted "inadequately" on Moscow's position over developments in Ukraine.
On Sunday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was still the "legitimate" head of state despite the latter's "negligible" authority.