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Johnson promises Zelensky to protest against Russia’s return to G7 during next summit

Source : 112 Ukraine

The parties also noted the impossibility of the restoration of Russia’s membership in G7 as Russia systematically violates international law and undermines European and global security
16:33, 22 August 2019

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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson held the phone talk with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. British official assured Ukrainian leader that he will express his position against Russia’s return to G7 during the next summit of the Group of Seven in France on August 24-26 as the presidential press service reported.

“The interlocutors agreed that in the context of the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea and Russia's failure to comply with the Minsk agreements, it is impossible to talk about the return of the Russian Federation to the international platform where global problems are being solved. Volodymyr Zelensky was assured that such a clear position would be demonstrated during the next G7 Summit on August 24-26 in France,” the message said.

Related: Russia’s MFA treats Zelensky’s speech about return to G7 as useless jumble of letters

Zelensky thanked Boris Johnson for the firm and principal position of the UK in the support of Ukraine amid the recent statements about the possibility of Russia’s return to G7.

The parties also noted the impossibility of the restoration of Russia’s membership in G7 as Russia systematically violates international law and undermines European and global security.

Boris Johnson invited Ukraine’s president to pay the official visit to Great Britain. Besides, he congratulated Zelensky on Independence Day and wished success and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.

Related: Progress in Ukrainian issue should precede Russia’s return to G7, - French diplomat

Earlier Volodymyr Zelensky stated that until the Russian Federation returns Crimea and ceases hostilities in Donbas, there could be no talk of its return to the ranks of the G8 countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron offered U.S. President Donald Trump to invite Russia at G7 summit in 2020. Trump supported the idea of Russia’s return on the eve of the next G7 summit, which will take place on August 24-26 in Biarritz, France.

Related: We never left it, - Putin on Russia's return to G8

Spokesperson of the Federal Government of Germany Steffen Seibert stated that Germany is against Russia’s comeback to the G7 Group.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also opposed the return of Russia to a number of G7 countries

The Russian Federation was excluded from the G8 after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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