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Maas rules out Russia's return to G7 unless it gives Crimea back to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Top German diplomat condemns Trump's offier to invite Russia and other countries to G7 summit
08:03, 27 July 2020

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
AFP

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas decisively opposed the return of Russia to the G7, unless it gives the annexed Crimea back to Ukraine. The official said so in his interview with Rheinische Post.

"The reason to exclude Russia was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine. So far we have no decision [to return Russia], I see no options," Maas replied to the question about possible return of the Russian Federation to G7. 

Top German also diplomat condemned US President Donald Trump's offer to invite Russia and other countries to the G7 summit.

"G7 and G20 are two well-coordinated formats, and we don't need G11 or G12," he said.

Related: Ukrainian side begins preparations for full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas

As for Crimea, Maas underlines that Germany remembers that it belongs to Ukraine. Speaking of Russia's annexation of Crimea, the diplomat claimed that his country could not neglect to change the borders in Europe in the 21st century.

Meanwhile, the Normandy Four member states are working on the solution for Donbas conflict and the implementation of Minsk agreements. However, Berlin does not send any signals about any guarantees of solving the issue with Crimea even if the conflict in Donbas is solved.

Related: Pope welcomes ceasefire agreement in Donbas

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