German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there is no chance for Russian President Vladimir Putin's attendance of the next meeting of the G7 in Bavaria.
"The G7 and former G8 group has always seen itself as a community of shared values. The annexation of Crimea is a gross violation of the principles of international law, and the events in eastern Ukraine are a serious violation of these common values," Merkel said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Now there is no chance that Putin may be invited to the G7 Summit, which will be held in Bavaria in June this year, the Chancellor stressed.
She also recalled that the EU can not consider the possibility of lifting the sanctions against the Russian Federation as long as the causes of their imposition are not eliminated.
"In spring we will discuss how to deal with the sanctions that were put in place after Russia's annexation of the Crimea. Given the current situation, they will be retained," Merkel said.
Earlier, Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German government said that the G7 Summit (the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy) will be held in Germany on June 7-8, 2015. Since July 1, 2014 Germany assumes the G7 Presidency.
Yesterday, January 15, during the consideration of the draft resolution, the European Parliament supported the idea of providing Ukraine with military assistance.