The current format of the “Big seven” is unlikely to be extended once again to the G8. This opinion was expressed in the office of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, writes Der Spiegel, citing unnamed sources in the institution.
“The G8 is dead,” — said the Agency. In the apparatus Merkel doubt that Moscow will be able to fulfill the conditions of his return to “eight”. In addition, according to the magazine, against the resumption of the G8 are the us authorities.
In mid-April the German foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier before the meeting of foreign Ministers “the seven” in Hiroshima said that he would like to see the revival of the G8 format. “I would hope that the G7 will not remain a permanent format, we must create the conditions for a return to the G8,” said the Minister. — It is obvious that no serious international conflict without Russia not to decide.”
Conditions of returning of Russia of the G8 in Germany last autumn, called the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine and cooperation on Syria. During summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that at the moment considers “unthinkable” to return to “the eight”. The German leader explained that вG7 includes countries that share democratic values and the rule of law, and, in her opinion, at the moment Russia is not in such a state.
Last week, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow “eight” in the past and meaning to “revive” this format is not. .”Is repetition, there is no element of novelty, therefore participation of Russia in “group of eight” is, in my opinion, totally irrelevant issue,” the diplomat said.
In the Kremlin, commenting on the statement, Ryabkov, pointed out that the question of the return in the G8 is not on the agenda. “Of far greater interest is the part in the format associated with the twenty”, — said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
The “big eight” are called informal grouping of Russia, UK, Germany, USA, Italy, France, Canada and Japan. Russia participated in the work of the group from 1997 to 2014. After the annexation of Crimea part of Moscow in this format was halted.