The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag published the statements by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier about whether President Vladimir Putin would take part in the Bavarian G7summit in June this year. As it turned out, no one wants to see Putin there, Joinfo.ua reports.
"Long-term isolation of Russia is not in our interests. However, after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, we can not just pretend that nothing happened and do business as usual. Only after the Minsk Agreement is fulfilled by Russia, it will be possible to get back to the format of the Group of Eight," Steinmeier said.
It should be recalled that back in the middle of January 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel excluded the possibility of Putin's participation in the G7 summit.
"Big Seven" has always considered itself a community of values. The annexation of Crimea, as a flagrant violation of the principles of international law, and the events in the east of Ukraine violate these shared values," she said.
Reference: "Big Eight" ceased to exist as an international club because of the Ukrainian crisis in March 2014. In June, in Brussels there was held a G7 summit – the one without participation of Russia for the first time in 17 years. Originally, the event in the G8 format should have been held in Sochi.