European Union politicians opposed to the restoration of the G8 format to include Russia are engaged in an ‘anachronistic’ policy which only harms their own interests, National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen said.
"By opposing Russia’s return to a new G8, the European Union is replaying an absurd parody of the Cold War," she wrote in a post on Twitter.
"In addition to being anachronistic, this anti-Russian ideology is totally counter-productive to the interests of European nations," Le Pen added.
This week, U.S. President Donald Trump said he could "certainly" support Russia’s return to the G7 to recreate the G8 group of nations. Trump reportedly voiced support for the idea based on a recommendation by French President Emmanuel Macron that Russia be invited to the upcoming G7 summit in 2020, when the U.S. will take over the group’s presidency.
On Thursday, a ‘high-ranking source’ in Brussels told reporters that the EU was against inviting Russia back to the G7 format, saying doing so would be “counterproductive and a sign of weakness," Sputnik reported.