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Russia, China Team Up on Ukraine

As expected, the crisis in Ukraine has set off a wave of tensions that reach far beyond Eastern Europe. The G-7 canceled participation in an upcoming summit at Sochi in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The G-7, which is comprised of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, released a joint statement denouncing Russia's "clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." Russia's foreign ministry announced that China is largely “in agreement” with them on Ukraine, bolstering an alliance against the G-7. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly discussed the situation with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had "broadly coinciding points of view."