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*Russia tightens grip on Crimea. *Sanctions against Russia, G8 summit in Sochi on agenda.
OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. Harper, who did not give further details, has been particularly critical of Russia over the actions of its armed forces in Ukraine.
OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included.
WASHINGTON, March 3- Washington is weighing an array of economic weapons to penalise Russia for its armed intervention in Ukraine, from asset freezes to expelling Moscow from the G8 group of states, but may find Europe more reluctant to resort quickly to sanctions.
WASHINGTON, March 3- The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action.
NATO and the U.K. have called on Russia to "de-escalate tensions", as the Ukrainian acting foreign minister, Andriy Deshchitsya, says Russia has rejected calls for negotiations and consultations.
WASHINGTON, March 2- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich nations on Sunday pledged to throw a financial lifeline to Ukraine as long as the new government in Kiev agreed to pursue economic reforms sought by the International Monetary Fund.
WASHINGTON, March 2- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven developed nations said on Sunday they were prepared to provide "strong financial backing to Ukraine" and that support from the International Monetary Fund will be critical in unlocking other aid.
G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY COMMITTED TO MOBILIZE RAPID TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE.
G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY IMF SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE WILL BE CRITICAL IN UNLOCKING ASSISTANCE FROM WORLD BANK, OTHER INSTITUTIONS, EU AND BILATERAL SOURCES.
G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY IMF IS INSTITUTION BEST PREPARED TO HELP UKRAINE ADDRESS ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.
G7 FINANCE MINISTERS SAY UNITED IN COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE STRONG FINANCIAL BACKING TO UKRAINE- JOINT STATEMENT.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is eager to eliminate the government's relatively small budget deficit and restore the reputation Canada had before the financial crisis as having the strongest fiscal record in the Group of Seven major economies.
Edward Nusbaum, CEO at Grant Thornton, explains why business optimism is stronger in G7 countries than in emerging markets, reversing the trend from the previous year.
Alexander Mirtchev, board director at Atlantic Council, reviews the G8 meeting, its policy implications and what the main issues discussed were.
Japanese PM Abe said on Tuesday G-8 leaders expressed strong support for his "Abenomics" economic policies and heard no concerns about Japan's super easy monetary easing.
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, discusses the G-8, its pledge to reform corporate tax rules and Russia's importance in the debate on Syria.
Nick Parsons, head of strategy at National Australia Bank, questions whether the U.K. really wants to reform its corporate tax rules, and discusses market's resilience to the unrest in the Arab world.
Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, says EU-U.S. trade talks are positive as there has been an increase in protectionist measures in the past few years.
Tina Fordham, senior political analyst at Citi, comments on the U.S.'s decision to arm Syrian rebels and says that while leaders agree that tax issues need to be tackled, it will be very difficult for them to agree on a common framework.