Germany opposed the proposal of the President of the United States Donald trump to return to Russia in the G7. About it in interview to the newspaper Rheinische Post said foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas.
He recalled that the reasons for the exclusion of Russia from the G8 was the annexation of the Crimea and the Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Maas stressed that to resolve these issues, Russia is unable to return to G7.
The German foreign Minister also commented on the plans trump invited to the summit G7 Australia, India and South Korea, he stressed that the G7 and the G20 are “two reasonably coordinated format” and therefore need G11 or G12 not.
The composition of the G7 includes the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the UK. A meeting of leaders of States are usually held once a year alternately in each country. Trump this year is headed by the “Big seven”. Russia participated in the summit of informal club of the most developed countries of the world since 1997. The G7 countries refused the format “Big eight” in March 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea.
The next G7 summit was to be held in June 2020 in the United States. In late may, trump announced the decision to postpone it to September, and the intention to invite to the meeting another four countries – Russia, Australia, India and South Korea.
Criticism of the initiative trump gave the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany. EU high representative for foreign and security policy, Josep Borrell also criticized the idea of trump and noted that the us President alone can not change the format of the G7.