Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for a return of Russia in the G8



The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed the hope that next year to invite Russia to the meeting of the most developed countries of the world. According to TASS, the corresponding statement he made in an interview published on the website of the German publishing Association RND.

“The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine demonstrate our commitment to not to exclude Russia from the close cooperation of the leading economies in the world. If in the East of Ukraine and in the negotiations on the ceasefire in Syria will have made significant progress, the country’s sevens will be able to discuss this issue with Moscow. The key to return to the top eight lies in Moscow”, – said the Minister.

Earlier, Steinmeier made the easing of sanctions against Russia with progress on the “Minsk-2” and called for the easing of confrontation with Russia.

The group of seven (G7) – the Union of economically developed countries, which includes UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan. The main objectives include finding solutions to global political and social problems. In the format of “seven”, the organization existed in years 1976-1997. After Russia’s accession to the Union has been called the Group of eight (G8).

In March 2014, as a result of events in Ukraine and the ensuing crisis in relations between Russia and the West, the organization decided to return to the format of “seven”. According to the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov, Russia does not cling to the format of “eight”.

“”Eight – informal club, membership cards where no one writes, no one there to drive can not, by definition. If our Western partners believe that this format has outlived itself, then so be it. We did not cling to him” – said the Minister.




Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for a return of Russia in the G8 31.08.2016

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