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Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas rejected the proposal of the Prime Ministers of the four Federal land to improve relations with Russia. It is reported by Die Welt.
With a call to return to Russia in the “Big seven” made by the heads of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke, Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Haseloff, Thuringia Bodo Ramelow and Saxony Michael Kretchmer. According to them, to dialogue with Moscow need “more formats”, in addition, a lack of contact affects the relationship of the parties.
The policy noted that the presence of Moscow on the summits of the G7 is particularly important in connection with the withdrawal of Russia and the United States from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range.
Maas stressed that his position on the return of Russia in the “Big seven” will not change until there is no progress in resolving the conflict in the East of Ukraine the “Crimean issue”.
In July Kretchmer urged to lift sanctions against Russia. He noted that economic measures against Moscow have not brought European politicians to solve the Ukrainian conflict.
Russia was in the G8 until 2014, before the annexation of Crimea. After that, leaders of other countries refused to attend the summit in Sochi, after a meeting without participation of Moscow in Brussels. The summit brought together France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and the EU representatives.
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