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The European Union opposes Russia’s accession to the negotiations of the group of seven (G7, the “Big seven”) without preconditions. This was stated by a senior representative of the bloc, according to Reuters.
According to the official, “is still valid” the reasons for which Russia was excluded from G8. In this regard, simply invite Moscow to join the “Big seven” would be counterproductive. The EU representative also believes that such actions will be a “sign of weakness”.
Earlier it was reported that to invite Russia to the summit of “Group of seven” in 2020 proposed by the President of France Emmanuel macron. Agreed the us leader Donald trump, because “many things that are discussed in the G7, touch Russia.” When this later, macron said that the return of Moscow would be a strategic mistake, first you need to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian foreign Ministry said that if the G7 countries have specific proposals for the return of Russia in this format, we should formulate and pass through official diplomatic channels.
The G8 has ceased to exist in 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia. Then the leaders of major world powers has refused to participate in the summit that Russia, as chair, was held in Sochi. Instead, in Brussels, a meeting of “seven” — G7 (France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada). The summit is also attended by the representatives of the European Union (the presidents of the EU Council and the European Commission).
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