Germans Overwhelmingly Declare They Want Russia Back in G8

© AP Photo / Sergey PonomarevNational flags of the G8 countries and the flag of the European Union fly near a logo of the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Thursday, July 13, 2006
National flags of the G8 countries and the flag of the European Union fly near a logo of the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Thursday, July 13, 2006 - Sputnik International
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Despite the harsh rhetoric and media speculation, a recent poll undertaken by a German news channel reveals that 89 percent of those Germans questioned want Russia back in the G8 club; however Sputnik’s own poll reveals that only 27 percent want Russia back in the G8, with 62 percent feeling that the format no longer has any global relevance.

89 percent of Germans want Russia to be back in the G8 format.

© n-tv.deRussia in G7 poll
Russia in G7 poll - Sputnik International
Russia in G7 poll

The poll was being held by German n-tv news channel, an affiliate network of CNN on its teletext pages.

However, a similar poll conducted by Sputnik on its website reveals that only 27 percent want Russia to discuss international politics in this format, while 62 percent are convinced that the format has long lost its relevance for the world.

The G7 members — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Canada brought Russia into their club in 1998.
However in March of 2014 they suspended its membership due souring relations with Ukraine.

Since then, there have been lots of discussions with some politicians and entrepreneurs claiming that the refusal to invite Russia is a "missed opportunity" to set up a constructive dialogue in a number of conflicts.

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