G7 leaders stand firm on Russian sanctions

Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) nations yesterday resolved to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine. The Ukraine conflict and the long-running debt stand-off between Greece and the EU dominated the first day of the annual meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Elmau, a luxury Alpine hotel in southern Germany.
Ukraine took centre stage at the meeting, with US President Barack Obama urging the attendant world leaders to to stand up to “Russian aggression”. The leaders want Russia and Ukraine to comply with a 12 February ceasefire agreed in the Belarus capital Minsk that largely halted fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.

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