At the 53-nation, two-day Nuclear Security Summit 2014, held at The Hague, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made Pakistan’s case for inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, for international intervention to unknot the Kashmir issue, for acknowledgement of its nuclear-safety record, and for foreign investment. However, his speech and those of other leaders were upstaged by Russia’s ongoing tensions with the West ever since Moscow redrew the world map by annexing Crimea from Ukraine. On March 24, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the G8 summit scheduled for Sochi, Russia, as cancelled. Instead, a G7 conference will now be held in Brussels. Russia, which joined the-then G7 in 1999, called this move “no great tragedy.” Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, said: “If our Western partners think that this format [the G8] has outlived itself, then so be it.”
From our April 5, 2014, issue.