G7 to urge Russia to ‘lay down’ energy as political weapon

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President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday that the G7 will urge Russia to ‘lay down’ energy as a political weapon.

Ahead of a meeting of the 7 world’s leading industrialised nations in Brussels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy also said that Russia must ‘contribute’ with the newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

For the first time in 17 years, the G7 will meet without Russia, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s role in destabilising eastern Ukraine.

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