Germany says ‘No’ to Trump’s proposal of inviting Russia back into G7

U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to invite Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies that was raised last month in order to expand the G7, has been rejected by Germany, confirmed German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Adding further, Maas said that he did not see any chance for letting Russia join again into the G7 as long as there was no meaningful progress in solving the conflict in Crimea as well as in eastern Ukraine. 

Saying that Russia is still part of the G20, a broader grouping including other emerging-market economies, Maas, further said that the country could make the biggest contribution to join again the G7 format by ensuring a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict. Describing the relationship with Russia as “currently difficult” in many areas, Maas, said, “…we need Russia to solve conflicts such as those in Syria, Libya and Ukraine. That will not work against Russia, but only with Russia.”

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