The seven of the most powerful leaders in the world and several thousand protesters gathered on the small town of Garmish-Partenkirchen, Munich, Germany for the G-7 summit.
Leaders from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France Japan and Italy gathered to discuss global economic and security problems.
This is the second year that Russia has been left-out of what was formerly the annual “G-8” great-power talks.
Maintaining the sanctions that the U.S., Canada and European Union have imposed against Russia is on the agenda at this summit.
The goal of these sanctions was to keep Russia out of Ukraine and punish them for annexing Crimea, but seeing as how Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no signs of backing down the continuation of the sanctions has been called into question.
“What’s clear is that sanctions are working on the Russian economy,” Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Friday.“What’s not apparent is that that effect on his economy is deterring Putin from following the course that was evidenced last year in the Crimea,” he added.
President Obama left for the G-7 summit on Saturday after giving a eulogy at the funeral for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden.
The President will also be meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the coalition campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
[USA Today][Associated Press][PressTV][Photo courtesy of Reuters]