MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Group of Seven’s (G7) decision not to invite Russia to its upcoming 2015 summit in Bavaria will send a wrong, if not an overtly confrontational message, a former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry told Sputnik.
The 41st G7 summit is scheduled to take place in the Bavarian Elmau Castle, outside Munich, on June 7-8, 2015. Germany took over the rotating G7 presidency last June.
G8 was an important club of the world’s largest economies. Russia joined it in 2008 and was to host a summit in Sochi in 2014. However, US and EU leaders snubbed the event, citing the split over the Ukraine crisis, and opted to meet in Brussels in a reduced format.