Russia may return to the group of eight (G8) next year, if you demonstrate significant progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Donbass, and also of the truce and Syria. In an interview with the German edition of RedaktionsNetzwerks Deutschland said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“We are keen not to exclude Russia from the close cooperation of the largest economies in the world. The key to the return of Russia in the G8 format. When it is, finally, substantial progress has been made in Eastern Ukraine and negotiating a ceasefire in Syria, the G7, of course, be ready to talk with Moscow”, – he said.
Earlier, Germany convened for tomorrow, 1 September, at the Potsdam informal meeting of the OSCE in Ukraine, which will be attended by the representatives of 57 countries.
“Of course, negotiations with Russia are hampered. We cannot deny the fact that Russia violated international law and basic principles of peace in Europe, annexing the Crimea and its actions in Eastern Ukraine. But in this situation, it is in our interests to avoid further escalation,” said Steinmeier.
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In may 2015, the EU has ruled out the possibility of meetings between the leaders of the major industrialized countries in the G8 format involving Russia. Russia was excluded from the informal club, the G8, bringing together the most industrialized countries of the world in 2014, after the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea was annexed by Russia.
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