Heiko Of Macphoto: Costas Baltas / Reuters
Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas in an interview with the newspaper Rheinische Post reported that his country opposed the proposal of the leader of the United States Donald trump to bring Russia back into the “Big seven” (G7).
According to him, the exclusion of Russia from this format was associated with the annexation of Crimea and the situation in Ukraine. “Until this issue is resolved, I do not see opportunities to invite Russia,” said Maas.
The head of the foreign Ministry of Germany stated that it also does not agree with the proposal to invite other countries to the G7 summit. “We believe the normal format of the G7 or G20, but against the G11 or G12”, — he stressed.
Additionally, AMIS said that Germany adheres to the principle of implementation of the Minsk agreements on Donbass. He added that if we are talking about the settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine, discussions should be held on the question of the Crimea.
Also, the head of the German foreign Ministry called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov are very experienced. “He consistently defended the interests of Russia, but it is always possible to find an acceptable solution,” said Maas.
The President of the United States Donald trump in late may announced the decision to postpone the G7 summit in the fall and to invite several third-party States. In addition to Russia, it was about Australia, South Korea and India. The American President explained that, in his opinion, the G7 is a “legacy group” of countries. Against this decision was made by the EU and Canada.
Russia was in the G8 before the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. After that, the leaders of the other countries of the group of eight (France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) refused to attend the summit in Sochi, after a meeting in Brussels without the participation of Moscow. It was also decided no longer to hold meetings in the G8 format.
Video, photo All from Russia.