Following recent Russian military movements, the other seven G-8 members on Sunday rebuked the Kremlin, condemning the "clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
The seven wealthiest developed nations in the world — the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom — under the banner of the G-7 took the first major international action since the Friday armed invasion of the Crimea region, suspending activities with Russia under the G-8. The group was scheduled to gather for a June conference in Sochi, but will not meet until Russia can join the group for a "meaningful discussion," the statement continued.
The presidents of the European Council and European Commission also joined the seven nations in a strongly worded notice circulated by the White House on Sunday evening.
In the statement, the G-7 argues that Russia not only violated a 1997 agreement it had with Ukraine but also violated the United Nations charter by reacting with military action and not through diplomacy. Russia said its recent movements seek to protect ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.
"We are united in supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future" the G-7 said in a statement. "We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country."