Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for the return of Russia to the group of major industrialized countries G8, - reported Zeit.
He expressed the hope for the G8 format recovery. He stressed that "no serious international conflict can be solved without Russia’s presence."
"I hope that the G7 will not remain the constant format, we have to create conditions for the return to the G8", - he added.
At the same time, he noted that this year's return to the G8 format will not work. As a precondition for the return of Russia to the "big eight", he named the introduction of Russia's contribution to the political solution of Ukrainian conflict and the continuation of the constructive role of Moscow in the establishment of peace in Syria.