“We need Russia to settle the frozen conflicts in Europe, Syria, Iraq, and Libya and also in dealing with issue of the Iranian nuclear program,” Steinmeier told the German newspaper Neue Ostanbrücker Zeitung.
“We realize that the Minsk accords have not been fully implemented yet, but they still allowed keeping the hostilities in check, even though the ceasefire regime remains fragile,” said the minister in the interview titled “Steinmeier wants Russia Back in G8.”
When asked to what extent he thought the Kiev leaders controlled their military, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that President Petro Poroshenko was making every effort to keep the military in check.
He also said that additional sanctions against Russia would only exacerbate what is already a very difficult situation.
Commenting on Mr. Steinmeier’s interview, Der Spiegel quoted German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Mueller, who said he hoped that Russia would join the next G8 summit.
The next G8 summit, to be held June 7-8 at Elmau Castle in Bavaria, will tackle a wide range of economic and geopolitical issues, including Ukraine, climate and terrorism.
The 2016 G8 summit will be held in Japan.