THE HAGUE, March 22 (Xinhua) -- A G7 meeting on Ukraine will take place on Monday in the Catshuis, the official residence of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, the Dutch government announced on Saturday.
The meeting, consisting of representatives of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States, will take place on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, to be held on Monday and Tuesday in the World Forum in The Hague.
Last Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama invited fellow leaders for an emergency G7 meeting in The Hague to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement in Ukraine.
Russia's participation in the group, normally called G8, was partly suspended. A total of 58 world leaders will attend the NSS, with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov present instead of President Vladimir Putin.
Besides Obama, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will be present in the Catshuis.
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will also join the talks.
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced new sanctions against senior Russian officials and a bank in a move to "impose additional costs" on Russia.
"Based on the executive order that I signed in response to Russia's initial intervention in Ukraine, we're imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government," Obama said at the White House. Full story
BRUSSELS, March 22 (Xinhua ) -- Ukraine crisis is a "game-changer" for NATO allies who must strengthen their economic and military ties, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech at the Brussels Forum on Friday.
The Secretary General set out three priorities as he called on allies to reaffirm their "commitment to collective defence, strengthen support to Ukraine and the wider region, and to make clear that we can no longer do business as usual with Russia." Full story
WASHINGTON, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The United States is mulling its next steps toward Russia as Moscow seems unperturbed by what many have described as tepid U.S.-imposed sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.
The United States sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Crimea earlier this month, and U.S. President Barack Obama will head to the Netherlands next week to press European leaders to get on board with harsher sanctions on Russia while attending the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. Full story