Steinmeier names conditions for Russia’s return to G8

According to German Foreign Minister that could be discussed "If substantial progress is made in eastern Ukraine and at the talks on the ceasefire in Syria"
Steinmeier names conditions for Russia’s return to G8
31 August 12:03 2016 Print This Article

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced conditions for Moscow’s return to G8, reports RIA Novosti.

“The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine demonstrate our interest not to exclude Russia from close cooperation between the world leading economies,” the minister said in an interview posted on the website of the German Publishers Association on Aug. 31.

“If substantial progress is made in eastern Ukraine and at the talks on the ceasefire in Syria, the G7 member-countries will be able to discuss this issue with Moscow. The key to returning to the G8 is in Moscow.”

Russia joined the G7 in 1998. After it, the association came to be known as G8.

In March 2014, the organization decided to return to the G7 format over the Ukrainian issue and subsequent escalation in relations between Russia and the West.

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