Russia does not seek to join the “Big seven” and is very satisfied with the effectiveness of the G20 format, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Russia does not seek to join the “Seven,” moreover, Russia has repeatedly said that we are delighted with the effectiveness of such formats as the “Big twenty,” which better meet modern, probably, economic realities in terms of economic development centers in the world, “Peskov said.
He also said that President Vladimir Putin had not made any initiatives to join the G7.
Also, the Kremlin does not believe that the G7 can claim world leadership. “As you can, for example, to discuss some, let’s say, the fate of the world in Economics, social development or policy without India, without China, without Brazil, without the participation of Turkey, some other countries. Probably, it is just possible to discuss it, but it is hardly possible to claim any world leadership,” he said.
Answering a question about Putin’s attempts to initiate a summit of the UN founding countries, Peskov clarified that this was not done to discuss economic issues. “He was talking about a completely different dimension,” Peskov explained.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that further expansion of the G-7 format and inclusion of Russia in the group is unlikely to be possible.