“France believes that reasons for exclusion of Russia from G7 did not disappear and doubt the will of Moscow to join the group of seven economic states,” the message said.
It is noted that earlier the particular reasons existed for the exclusion of Moscow out of G8. The situation has not changed as France stated. However, it is necessary to look for other ways for dialogue with Russia.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump stood for the presence of Russia at G7. He underlined that half of the topics of G7 meetings should be also discussed with Russia. That is why the summit without Vladimir Putin is a waste of time.
However, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also stood against the return of Russia to G7.
Russia was expelled from what was then the G8 in 2014 when Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, was U.S. president after Moscow annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine. Russia still holds the territory, and various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to readmit Moscow.