An alternative meeting for the Group of Seven most developed economies could be held in London if Russia is expelled from the G8 for its aggressive policy in Ukraine, a German weekly reported Saturday.
Britain has proposed hosting the summit with Germany, Japan, France, Canada, Italy and the United States, Der Spiegel said, citing an unnamed source close to the German government.
Initially, a Group of Eight meeting including Russia was set to be held in June in Sochi, where the Russians had successfully hosted this year’s Winter Olympic Games.
But Russia’s expulsion from the rich countries’ club is one of the international sanctions to be imposed if Moscow persists in its support for Crimea to quit Ukraine and join Russia, the subject of Sunday’s referendum in the flashpoint peninsula which Kiev and Western powers have said is illegal.
The German government, however, issued a statement saying that the only decision that has been made is to stop preparations for a G8 meeting.
“Other than that, no other decision has been taken,” the statement from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office said.