The Foreign Service Journal - May 2014 - page 13

MAY 2014
to attend the April meeting in Moscow.
In addition, we have decided that G-7
energy ministers will meet to discuss
ways to strengthen our collective energy
Since Moscow was invited to join the
forum in 1998 as a gesture to encourage
the nascent democracy to align with
Western powers, the decision to hold the
foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels,
where NATO is headquartered, may well
be meant to hammer that point home.
There is little reason to believe the
snub will induce Russian President
Vladimir Putin to roll back his country’s
“annexation” of Crimea. Speaking at the
Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague
(where the G-7 issued its statement),
believe that this format has become
obsolete, then so be it. We are not cling-
ing to this format and we do not see big
troubles if the group does not meet.”
Still, might such moves deter
Putin from further aggression toward
Ukraine or other former Soviet repub-
view, “The G-8 was something [Russia]
wanted to be part of. This for them was a
symbol of being part of the big-boy club,
the great power club—and the club of
democracies,” he adds.
But other commentators insist that
expulsion from the G-8 actually serves
Putin’s interests, freeing him from
keeping up the pretense that he shares
sor at the Clements Center for History,
dismisses the Kremlin as a “kleptocratic
autocracy” and says, “It’s long been clear
that Russia doesn’t belong” to the West.
Nor will
the global economy, concludes David
Bosco, an assistant professor at Ameri-
can University. He points out that the
(which includes Russia)
emerged as the principal forum for
global economic issues in the wake of
the 2008 financial crisis. (The next G-20
summit will take place in Brisbane on
Nov. 15-16.)
Bret Matera, Editorial Intern
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