G8 leaders are gathering in Northern Ireland - but differences between Russia and the US over what to do on Syria are already looming large.
The tension over Ukraine has all but buried the chance of peace in Syria. The Syrian people, still being massacred every day, are paying the price for the awkward stalemate between the West and Russia.
Western industrialized nations have shown Russia the door in what many view as a diplomatic victory for US President Barack Obama. But DW's Bernd Riegert asks: what should happen next?
The Group of 8 will not meet until Russia "changes course," the seven other member nations have announced in a joint statement. A summit scheduled by the group in Sochi has been moved to Brussels, with Moscow excluded.
Sanctions and harsh words for Russia matched with solidarity with Ukraine's interim government: The US president has exhausted his options in the Crimea crisis, but his Russian counterpart still has cards to play.
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