The G7 decides to continue its sanctions against Russia for the latter's support to separatist fighters in Ukraine. However, the existing sanctions have not had much effect in making Russia come to heel. At its latest meeting in Germany, the group of nations known as the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – has decided to continue sanctions against Russia, and to deepen them if events in Ukraine get worse. But it is getting worse – and the G7 clearly cannot come up with a response to match the situation on the ground. The G7 group has met in a reduced form since the Russian Federation was excluded from the then G8 for its actions in Crimea in 2014. Its members have been the driving force behind economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia in response to the annexation of Crimea and the Russian Army’s combat operations along the Russian-Ukrainian border (and potentiallyinside Ukraine itself).