40th G7 summit

2014 international leaders meeting

The 40th G8 summit was held in Brussels on June 4–5, 2014.[1][2] It was originally going to be held at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.[3]

After Russia's involvement in the 2014 Crimean crisis, some people wanted Russia to leave the G8.[4][5] On March 24, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said that the meeting would not occur in Russia due to the Crimean crisis.[6][7] The other seven countries decided to hold it without Russia.[8]



The participants will be the "core members" of the group:[9]

Core G7 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
  Canada Stephen Harper Prime Minister
  France François Hollande President
  Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor
  Italy Matteo Renzi Prime Minister
  Japan Shinzō Abe Prime Minister
  United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister
  United States Barack Obama President
  European Union José Manuel Barroso Commission President
Herman Van Rompuy Council President

Invited leaders


A number of national leaders are traditionally invited to attend the summit.



On June 4, 2014 on G7 meeting in Brussels leaders of the G7 nations in their joint statement condemned Moscow for its «continuing violation» of Ukraine's sovereignty and say they are prepared to impose further sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.[10]

The G7 summit on June 4–5, 2014 is the first since Russia was expelled from the group following its annexation of Crimea in March.[10]

Protesters and demonstrations


Planning for the summit has to anticipate protest groups and other activists.[11]

Business opportunity


For some, the G8 summit will be a profit-generating event; as for example, the G8 Summit magazines which have been published since 1998.[12]



  1. "G-7 spares Russia new sanctions". Bloomberg News. 5 June 2014.
  2. "G7 leaders warn Russia of fresh sanctions over Ukraine". BBC News. 5 June 2014.
  3. "Russia to hold 2014 G8 summit in Sochi: Putin" at PressTV.ir Archived 2013-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, 19 June 2013; retrieved 2013-6-19.
  4. "Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin".
  5. "Russia G8 status at risk over 'incredible act of aggression' in Crimea, says Kerry".
  6. "There will be no G8 summit in Russia this year - David Cameron. #c4news". 24 March 2014.
  7. "G8 summit 'won't be held in Russia'", BBC News, 24 March 2014; retrieved 2014-3-24.
  8. Leaders plan Brussels G7 in June instead of G8 in Sochi Irish Independent, 2014-03-24.
  9. Rieffel, Lex. "Regional Voices in Global Governance: Looking to 2010 (Part IV)," Archived 2010-06-03 at the Wayback Machine Brookings. March 27, 2009; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "G7 leaders warn Russia of fresh sanctions over Ukraine". BBC News. 2014-06-05.
  11. Balde, Lisa and Phil Rogers. "Adbusters Wants 50,000 G8/NATO Protesters in Chicago," NBCChicago (US), 27 January 2012; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  12. Prestige Media: Archived 2009-05-19 at the Wayback Machine 2012 G8 Summit Publication Distribution Archived 2009-05-18 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-5-20.

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