Ukraine's Foreign Minister: G7 leaders lost solidarity toward Russia
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that the leaders of the G7 member states no longer have a unified position on Russia.
"It seems that the G7 has lost solidarity toward the Russian Federation. This is sad. But the main thing is to maintain solidarity in actions with respect to the Russian Federation. Otherwise, it will be a mega threat, both for Ukraine and, above all, to the G7," Klimkin tweeted Tuesday.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Group of Seven highly industrialized countries includes the USA, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada. Russia was expelled from G8 in 2014 after the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Since then, Western leaders have repeatedly stated that the restoration of Russian participation is tied with the "Crimean issue" and Russia's compliance with the Minsk agreements, which provide for an end to the conflict in the Donbas.
On August 20, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would support Russia's return to the group.
In turn, French President Emmanuel Macron believes that such a step is possible after the Ukraine crisis is settled.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the reasons for Russia's exclusion from the G8 have not been eliminated, so any discussions about returning Russia to this format are premature.
Kremlin spox Dmitriy Peskov said he did not find possible the return to the G8 format until consensus is reached between all G7 member states.