White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said that “no one” was preparing for the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia and that it would be “hard to imagine” the meeting being held without further planning.
Carney sidestepped a question about whether the U.S. and other members of the G-7 would meet on their own without Russia to isolate Moscow.
“What I can tell you is no one is preparing for a G-8 right now because of the actions that Russia has taken,” he said. “And it is ... just so happens that Russia is meant to host the G-8 this year.
“We'll see how this transpires, but absent any preparations, it's hard to imagine a G-8 happening,” Carney added.
Obama has laid the groundwork for sanctions against individuals found to be undermining Ukraine's democracy or territorial integrity. But the administration may face a tougher time rallying support for punishing Russia directly.
A CNN poll released Monday found that a majority of the public at 59 percent backed economic sanctions against Russia. But only 40 percent supported canceling the G-8 summit.