Ukraine's Embassy in U.S. expresses concern over Russia's possible return to G7

11:56, 22 August 2019
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REUTERS

"We are concerned about the suggestion that Russia may be allowed back to the G7," the Embassy said on Facebook.

The Ukrainian diplomats reiterate Russia was excluded from this honorary club because of its attempted illegal annexation of Crimea and the use of force in violation of the rules and principles of international law.

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"The Ukrainian peninsula is still under occupation, the human rights situation is constantly aggravating, the Russian aggression in Donbas continues while Russia itself is moving away from the principles and standards that unite the Group," read the report.

"We call on the leaders of the G7 countries to adhere to their fundamental position and to consolidate efforts to make the aggressor respect the world order and return to the constructive behavior," the diplomats added.

Earlier, a CNN source said U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron allegedly believe Russia should be invited to a G7 summit next year. The source said the idea was voiced by Macron and supported by Trump.

At the same time, a diplomatic source in France told Reuters that Russia's access to the Group of Seven depended on progress in Ukraine peace talks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not believe the case had yet been made for Russia to rejoin the G7 following its "provocations" in places like Salisbury, Ukraine and elsewhere. At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there had not been "sufficient progress" over Ukraine.

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