Merkel: Russia faces more sanctions, G8 suspended

Merkel: Russia faces more sanctions, G8 suspended

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 20 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the EU headquarters on the first day of a two-day European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium on March 20, 2014.

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 6:21 PM

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union will impose more sanctions on Russia following its decision to annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and will suspend all G-8 meetings until the political situation changes.

Merkel told the country's Parliament Thursday ahead of an EU summit in Brussels that the bloc would expand a freeze of bank accounts and travel bans of people that have been linked to the crisis.

Earlier this week, the EU and the United States slapped sanctions on certain individuals that were involved in what they say was the unlawful referendum in Crimea over joining Russia.

She also said that the G-8 will not meet until the situation changes. Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to host leaders from the top industrial countries in Sochi in June.

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