All the participants of the G7 summit, which opens today in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, would prefer to see Russia at the table of the forum of the 'Seven', but it will not happen as long as Russia continues to "act aggressively against Ukraine or other countries," the chairman of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said today at a press conference before the start of the summit.
The summit of the Group of Seven (G7) began work today in Germany, at Elmau Castle in the Bavarian Alps south of Munich.
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Narrow international formats like the G7 are becoming ineffective, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The official representative of the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, said that Ban Ki-moon will take part in the G7 summit in Germany, after which he will start his tour of Central Asia countries.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Russia could be re-admitted to the G7 after demonstrating its commitment to the Minsk Agreements. German Chancellor Angela Merkel added that Russia's absence from the G7 summit was necessary. She noted that the fights in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia broke the peace created after WWII.
The new tensions in Donbass, provoked by the Kiev forces, are connected with the upcoming G7 summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Steinmeier: world needs G8, not G7Europe needs Russia to come back in G8, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.“We need Russia to settle the frozen conflicts in Europe, Syria, Iraq, and Libya and also in dealing with issu
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The G-7 leaders' decision not to invite Russia to their forthcoming summit in Bavaria on June 7-8 is a misstep, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said."I think it was a mistake not to invite the Russian President to the G7 summit," he stressed.According to Schroeder, "Russia has an alternative to Europe, but not vice versa."He also confirmed his friendly relations with President Putin.
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In early July during his visit to Ukraine, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering an opportunity to visit the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
A return of Russia to the Group of Seven is unacceptable, while Russia will not follow the values of international law, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in parliament on the eve of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga."Russia would stay excluded from the G7 in Ellmau, because we know the G7 as a community of values, united by common values," RIA Novosti cited Merkel as saying.
Chief diplomats of the G7 said at a meeting in Lubeck that Russia will get a sanctions relief after complete realization of the Minsk Agreements and a demonstration of respect to Ukraine's sovereignty, RBC reports.The joint declaration of the G7 diplomats praises the first steps of Russia and Ukraine towards compliance with the ceasefire agreement. It states the need for a sensible and swift progress in settling remaining details.
The foreign ministers of the G7 countries welcome the UN Security Council's resolution on the termination of the delivery of weapons to Houthis, Germany German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said today.
A meeting of foreign ministers of Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan has started in the German city of Lubeck.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that Moscow will not be admitted back to the G7 until the Ukrainian crisis is settled. Responding to the diplomat, the Spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the organization was pointless without Russia, China and India. He added that the developments in Ukraine had unmasked the international diplomacy, the system of international relations and the international law.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said that the country's western partners are satisfied with the way it is carrying out reforms.
After the conclusion of the Minsk agreements and the gradual stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine, the question about the future of anti-Russian sanctions loomed on the horizon for European politicians.