US President Donald Trump rightly considers the format of the “Big seven” outdated, Russian politicians noted.
Earlier, the US leader postponed the G7 summit and announced his intention to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia, and India.
“The ritual demonstration”
Senator Konstantin Kosachev said in a comment that the format of the event in its current form is not unusual to anyone except the participants themselves.
He noted that the mechanism has recently lost its potential to develop new solutions and has turned into a “ritual demonstration” of the unity of the G-7 participants.
According to the MP, Russia can only be interested in this event if it is invited to participate on equal terms and not “sit on side chairs and pay respect.”
“A serious crisis has come”
According to Senator Sergey Tsekov, the invitation from Moscow means that a severe crisis is brewing in the organization. In an interview with RBC, he said that in the current circumstances, it would be correct to expand the format to the G20, but the US “tries even in this situation to offer something in a truncated form.”
“We have already stated that the G20 is a more promising and necessary organization for us, we are working successfully in this organization, and it has already declared itself as the leader of the international movement in solving economic issues,” he concluded.
Senator Sergey Kalashnikov, in turn, suggested that Russia should take advantage of trump’s invitation.
“A lot can happen before autumn. In today’s scenario, a meeting at the highest level, given the difficult situation in which the world is, is essential,” he said.
He noted that Moscow always accepts correctly made invitations, as it is ready to meet halfway to stabilize the situation in the world.
“Desires are at odds with politics”
Senator Alexey Pushkov spoke in a similar spirit. He agreed with the American President that the G7 format is outdated.
“You can’t deny trump the boldness of his judgments. But his wishes are often at odds with his policies,” the MP tweeted.
The G7 expanded to the “Big eight” due to Russia’s entry in 1998, but after the annexation of Crimea, the club members refused to come to the summit in Sochi. The group members said they did not want to sit with Russia until it changed its policy on the Peninsula.
Currently, the G7 consists of Germany, the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Great Britain, and Italy. American and European politicians have repeatedly suggested inviting Moscow again in recent years. Vladimir Putin, for his part, noted that Russia is ready for dialogue, but joining the format is not an end in itself.