Germany wants progress on Syria or Ukraine for Russia to return to G8

Germany wants progress on Syria or Ukraine for Russia to return to G8

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Group of Seven (G7) will be ready to discuss Russia's return to the informal bloc, making it the G8 again, if there is significant progress on the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts, the German foreign minister said Wednesday, August 31, according to Sputnik.

"The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine show that it is not in our interest to exclude Russia from a close negotiation format of the world's biggest economies,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland news outlet.

“If there is at last substantial progress in eastern Ukraine or in the talks on ceasefire in Syria, G7 partners will be ready to discuss this question with Moscow," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told

The G7, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, was joined by Russia in 1998. In 2014, the Group of Eight members refused to come to Russian city of Sochi, venue of G8 regular summit, citing disagreements over the Ukrainian crisis and have been meeting in seven-state format since.

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