BERLIN (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Steinmeier said the G7 needed Russia to resolve existing global conflicts, including those in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Libya.
“I believe it’s not in our interests to retain the G7 format over a long period of time. The change [of the G8 to the G7] was in line with Russia’s breach of international law. I hope that Russia will find a way back into the ‘group of seven,’” Steinmeier said at a press conference.
In 2014, the G8 format became G7 after Russia was suspended from the group by the other seven member nations over Crimea's reunification with Russia and allegations over Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian internal conflict, repeatedly denied by Moscow.
- Yes. There are many issues of international politics that can’t be handled without Russia27.9% (779)
- No. Russia has demonstrated that it doesn’t share the values of this community of nations9.3% (260)
- Doesn't matter. G7 format has long since lost its relevance for the world62.8% (1756)
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia cannot be excluded from the G8 because the group is an informal club bringing together world leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest.
German Development Minister Gerd Mueller said Thursday that Russia’s return to the G7 depended on the implementation of the Minsk peace deal on the Ukrainian crisis.