Germany opposed Russia’s joining the G7

Berlin is against allowing Russia to join the G7, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Maas said that Russia was “excluded” because of “the annexation of Crimea and intervention in Eastern Ukraine.” According to the Minister, while “there is no solution,” he “does not see a chance” for a return to the G8 format, writes Deutsche Welle regarding the Rheinische Post.

He stressed that “Russia itself can make the greatest contribution to the opening of such doors.” Maas called on Moscow to make more efforts to resolve the conflict.

The Minister also said that there are two “reasonably agreed formats” – G7 and G20, so “there is no need for G11 or G12.”

Recall that US President Donald Trump postponed the G-7 summit from the end of June to September, while he wanted to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia, and India to it.
The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected Trump’s idea of an expanded G7 summit.