Britain agrees with Germany and opposes return of Russia to G7

According to the Prime Minister of Britain, the case with the return of Russia to the G7 has yet to be settled
09:15, 22 August 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opposed the return of Russia to a number of G7 countries. This was reported by The Guardian.

According to the prime minister, given the Russian provocations not only in Ukraine, but also in many other countries of the world, he does not support the proposal of U.S. President Donald Trump to return Russia to G7.

"I just have to say that given what happened in Salisbury in Wiltshire, given the use of chemical weapons on British soil, given the continuing instability, civil war, the war in Ukraine, given Russia’s provocations, not just in Ukraine but in many other places, I must say I am very much with Chancellor Merkel in thinking that the case has yet to be made out for Russia to return to the G7, "Johnson said.

It was previously reported that U.S. President Donald Trump supported the return of Russia to G7 on the eve of the next G7 summit, which will be held from August 24 to 26 in Biarritz, France.
Related: Progress in Ukrainian issue should precede Russia’s return to G7, - French diplomat

After which, a spokesman for the German government, Steffen Seibert, said that Germany was against Russia's return to the G7.

According to him, Russia was excluded after Crimea annexation in the violation of the international right and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine. “Both situations are still the same”.

He also added that negotiations about more active participation of the Russian Federation may be held only after the changes.

It stands to mention that a similar response was from Paris. French diplomatists said that Russia’s return to the Great-7 Group would depend on the progress in negotiations with Ukraine related to the Donbas conflict settlement.

Russia was expelled from a number of G8 countries after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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