March 2, 2024

After weeks of Russia discussing to annex Crimea from Ukraine, the two countries held their first meeting on March 24.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia discussed the current situation that Russia may no longer be considered a part of The Group of Eight, a group of industrialized nations including Italy, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada, France and Russia.

According to BBC News, Lavrov told Deshchytsia during their meeting that he saw “no great tragedy” if Russia was no longer a part of the group.

While there is much talk about what is considered illegal according to Kiev and the West, the state of Ukraine and other countries involved is uncertain.

“If there’s a civil war in the Ukraine, then the West, including NATO and the U.S., are going to probably get sucked in,” said Dr.John McCarthy, professor of political science. “I don’t think we would necessarily be sending troops in but we would be in a major confrontation.”

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