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

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


The participants will be the "core members" of the group:

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

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.

Protesters and demonstrations

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

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.

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Preceded by
39th G8 summit
40th G8 summit

Succeeded by
41st G8 summit

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