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It is necessary to invite Ukraine for G7 Summit, - Tusk

European Council President believes that Russia should not be allowed to come back to the Great Seven
18:02, 24 August 2019

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It is necessary to invite Ukraine for the G7 Summit. This was stated by President of the European Council Donald Tusk before the beginning of the G7 Summit in Biarritz.

He also added that they could not let Russia participate in the meeting. He explained that there is still aggression from Russia in relation to Ukraine. 

"One year ago, in Canada, President Trump suggested reinviting Russia to G7, stating openly that Crimea’s annexation by Russia was partially justified, and that we should accept this fact. Under no condition can we agree with this logic," the message reads.

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Tusk added that he does not want to return the Russian Federation to the group as the country does not follow the way of liberal democracy and ignores human rights. 

"When it comes to speculations around inviting Russia to the table, I would like to say this. First: the reasons why Russia was disinvited in 2014 are still valid. What is more, there are new reasons, such as the Russian provocation on the Azov Sea. Second: when Russia was invited to G7 for the first time, it was believed that it would pursue the path of liberal democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Is there anyone among us, who can say with full conviction, not out of business calculation, Russia is on that path?" the European Council President said. 

He is going to persuade interlocutors and invite Ukraine for the next G7 Summit as a guest in order to listen to the opinion of the new President. 

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