Russia Thinks the G8 Is Lame Anyway

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The U.S. and its allies will not travel to Sochi for a planned summit following Putin's "illegal attempt to annex Crimea in contravention of international law and specific international obligations," the G7 announced today. "The G8 is an informal club, with no formal membership, so no one can be expelled from it," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "If our Western partners believe that this organizational format has outlived, so be it. At least, we are not attached to this format and we don't see a great misfortune if it will not gather."