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Putin realizes he has no chances with G7 and sets sights on G20

Russia does not have any relationship with the G7, although the country would be ready to develop bilateral relations with the countries of the Great Seven if they wanted it. It was stated by the Russian President Vladimir Putin after the talks with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Putin realizes he has no chances with G7 and sets sights on G20

Answering the question about the relations between the Russian Federation and the Group of Seven, Putin said: "We have no relationship with the Group of Seven. What kind of relationship can we have?" he added, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the Russian media.

"If the partners want, we will develop the relations with any country of the G7 on a bilateral basis," Putin said.

"We presented an alternative point of view there. Our partners decided that they did not need this alternative point of view," he said, expressing the belief that "any contacts, any discussions must be beneficial."

The Russian President wished success to the G7 in the further work Russia no longer takes part in. The Head of State noted that the G7 was not a formal organization, but the "club of interests".

Speaking of Russia, Putin stressed that it continued to work in other formats. "There are wider formats, such as G20," he said. In addition, Moscow is actively working within BRICS, SCO, the UN and its Security Council.

Earlier, the Kremlin commented on the absence of the President Putin at the summit of G7. Alexander Romanovich, the State Duma deputy from A Just Russia party, made a very "creative" compliment to Vladimir Putin. He claimed that the  G7 without Putin was a castrated organization , thus comparing his patron to very specific parts of the human body.