MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In December, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said that Russia would return to the work of such international forums as the Group of Seven (G7), when asked whether Rome was planning to invite Putin to attend the next G7 summit in May 2017 in Italy.
"We know nothing of this, and there have been no statements from the Italian government. The position of the Russian government in relation to the ‘seven’ and the feasibility of participation in this format is well-known," Peskov told reporters.
The G7, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was joined by Russia in 1998. Moscow's accession to the group of major economies turned the G7 into the Group of Eight (G8).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly said that Moscow does not intend to take any steps to get back to the G8 group. Earlier in January, Peskov said that the issue of restoration of the G8 format with Russia’s participation was not under discussion in Moscow and Russia prioritized work in the G20 format.