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G-7 nations suspend planning for Russia summit

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and six other nations say they are suspending participation in the planning for an international summit in Russia this summer.
  
The White House issued the joint statement on behalf of the Group of Seven. That's the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The nations also participate in the Group of Eight economic group, which includes Russia.
  
In the joint statement, the countries say they condemn Russia's "clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." They say Russia's advances in Ukraine violate the "principles and values" on which the G-7 and G-8 operate.
  
Russia is scheduled to host the G-8 summit in June in Sochi, site of the recently completed Winter Olympics.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry calls Russia's military incursion into Ukraine "an incredible act of aggression."  Kerry says Russian President Vladimir Putin has made "a stunning, willful" choice to invade another country.

Kerry says Russia should respect the democratic process through which the Ukrainian people ousted their pro-Russian president and assembled a new government.

Kerry is raising possibility of boycotting the June meeting of the G-8 leading industrialized countries in Sochi, Russia.  Visa bans, asset freezes, and trade and investment penalties are also being discussed.

Kerry said he spoke with foreign ministers for G-8 and other nations on Saturday.  According to Kerry, everyone is prepared to "go to the hilt" to isolate Russia.

Kerry was interviewed Sunday on CBS, NBC, and ABC news shows.

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