HIGHLIGHTS-G7 leaders speak after 2-day summit

Thu Jun 5, 2014 11:12am EDT
 
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BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) - The world's leading industrialised nations ended a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday, agreed that tougher sanctions against Russia could still be deployed.

Below are some quotes from the G7 leaders. For full text of the G7 communique, please see here: here

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

On Russia:

"Today in contrast to a growing global economy, a sluggish Russian economy is even weaker because of the choices made by Russia's leadership."

"I believe his [Poroshenko's] inauguration provides an opportunity, particularly since he has demonstrated a commitment reach out to the East and pursue reforms."

"Russia needs to seize that opportunity. Russia needs to recognize that President-elect Poroshenko is the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine and engage the government in Kiev.

"Given its influence over the militias in Ukraine, Russia continues to have a responsibility to convince them to end their violence, lay down their weapons and enter into a dialog with the Ukrainian government."   Continued...