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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after signing a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after signing a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
(Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

A novel way to get Putin out of the G8? Make a new club

Unacceptable, intolerable, illegal, illegitimate.

That’s how the West has described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s predatory moves in Ukraine, where a Moscow-backed referendum in the breakaway Crimea region was widely dismissed by the international community.

So will Russia continue to enjoy membership in the Group of Eight, the elite leaders club it joined in the late 1990s? If the answer is “no,” how might the Group of Seven set about dismantling it? And will Mr. Putin even care?