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Foreign Ministry: Certain G8 leaders’ decision to suspend work within G8 counterproductive

March 03, 2014, 18:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Certain G8 leaders’ decision to suspend the work within Russia’s presidency is counterproductive, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

“Such decision also runs counter the principle of constructive cooperation within the format, which is designed to use the G8 potential in favor of development, global stability and the fight against trans-border threats and challenges,” Lukashevich said.

“The suspension of the work within Russia’s G8 presidency causes damage to G8 countries and the whole international community because Russia’s priorities are really acute,” the diplomat said.

“The partners’ move to refuse to take part in the Global Forum for Counter Radicalization arouses more regret,” he said.

“As for the events in Ukraine, Russia gave explanations at different levels. We recommend G8 colleagues to study them thoroughly,” Lukashevich said.

The Foreign Ministry hopes that common interests and the constructive efforts within the G8 will prevail. “Russia is ready for this,” Lukashevich said.

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