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As leaders from the Group of Seven gather in the Netherlands, talks are expected to turn to Russia and the future of the G8.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there really is no G8 at the moment.
(SOUNDBITE)(German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAYING:
"As long as the political climate for G8 isn't available, as is the case at the moment, there is no G8 -- either as summit, a tangible summit, or as a format, and that will surely be part of our discussions at the G7 meeting today because we have to understand that the political climate is not there at the moment."
British Prime Minister David Cameron also weighed in.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING:
"We should be clear, there's not going to be a G8 summit this year in Russia. That's absolutely clear. We will be meeting tonight - the seven other countries of the G8 to determine the way forward. But frankly, it is Russia that needs to change course."