The Hague, Netherlands (CNN) -- President Barack Obama and other world leaders will discuss ending Russia's role in the group of leading industrialized nations, a senior White House official said Monday.
The move to suspend Russia's membership in the G8 would be the latest direct response from major countries allied against its annexation of Crimea. Administration officials said there is no reason for Russia to remain in the group at this point.
"Our view is simply that if Russia is flagrantly violating international law and the order that the G7 has hoped to build since the end of the Cold War, there's no need to engage with Russia," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, told reporters in The Netherlands where the President attended a nuclear security summit.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said being kicked out of G8 would be no big deal.