The question of resuscitating the format of “Big eight” now is not on the agenda. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports UNN .
“Now on the agenda of this question is not,” Peskov said, commenting on today’s words of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who called Moscow’s participation in the G8 “irrelevant issue”.
Peskov said that “is really of far greater interest is the participation in the format associated with the twenty.” “It’s the composition that best reflects the position of countries that affect the economy and other processes in the world. This is the most complete and the most relevant format,” explained the spokesman.
Russia participated in the “group of eight” (composed of UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan) from 1997 to 2014. Participation was suspended after the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
Ryabkov said Tuesday that Moscow “does not see the need to revive what’s left in the past.” According to him, over the past two years the Russian authorities have noticed that “the efforts on the practical solution of a number of important international issues has moved by and large from the format of “seven” to other formats with full Russian participation.”
“We state this as a given, as a fact, and I think it is undeniable from the point of view of our colleagues”, — concluded the Deputy Foreign Minister. He also noticed that the format of “group of eight” ceased to exist on the initiative “Western colleagues” in Russia.
In mid-April the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ahead of the meeting of foreign Ministers “the seven” in Hiroshima said that he would like to see the revival of the format of the G8. “I would hope that the G7 does not remain constant format, we must create conditions to return to the G8, said the Minister. – It is obvious that no serious international conflict without Russia not to solve”.
In Moscow, commenting on the words of Steinmeier, said that Russia is not willing to “pay” for the return in “eight”. The official representative of the Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called attempts to force Moscow to make it “unfounded”.