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West Seeks to Isolate Russia Over Ukraine Dispute

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Western nations and Japan say they are suspending their participation in the Group of Eight until Russia "changes course."
 
In a joint statement, the Group of Seven nations say they will instead meet without Russia. The move is aimed at isolating Moscow as punishment for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. 
 
The G7 nations issued the statement following an emergency meeting Monday in the Netherlands. The leaders say they are ready to "intensity actions" against Russian is Moscow escalates the conflict further.  

Meanwhile, Ukraine is hoping the United Nations General Assembly will adopt a resolution later this week reaffirming the country's unity and territorial integrity and underscoring that the referendum in Crimea that led to its annexation by Russia "has no validity."
 
The draft resolution, circulated Monday to the 193 assembly members and obtained by The Associated Press, never mentions Russia by name but calls on all countries not to recognize "any alteration of the status" of Crimea.
 
It also urges all parties to immediately pursue the peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine and exercise restraint.
 
The resolution is expected to be put to a vote at a General Assembly meeting on Thursday.
 
Unlike the Security Council, where veto-wielding Russia has blocked any action on Ukraine, the General Assembly has no vetoes.  (AP) 

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