Obama arrives in Brussels for G-7 meeting

AP News
Posted: Jun 04, 2014 9:14 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama has arrived in Brussels for a meeting with fellow heads of state focused on the crisis in Ukraine.

Obama's visit to the Belgian capital is his second stop on a three-country visit to Europe.

Obama originally had planned to attend a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries that would have included Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the U.S. and other members suspended Russia's G-8 membership earlier this year to retaliate for Putin's military occupation and subsequent takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. And they moved the meeting from Russia to Belgium.

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Obama is scheduled to attend a working G-7 dinner Wednesday night, followed by additional meetings Thursday. He'll also visit Wednesday with Belgium's king and prime minister, and meet with European Union leaders.