Germany doesn’t see possibilities for Russia to return to G8


Washington also discourages the revival of the G8 format.

As reported by the Der Spiegel magazine, the authorized agency of the Federal Chancellor of Germany believe that currently there are no preconditions for the return of Russia to the group of leading industrialized countries.

“The G8 negotiation format is dead,” Der Spiegel writes, citing a department of German Chancellor.

In the fall of 2015, Germany said that the condition for Russia’s return to G8 is settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, and cooperation in Syria. The current G7 is unlikely to be expanded to “eight” again by adding Russia.

In early spring 2014, “the Eight” became “the Seven” because of the Ukrainian crisis, and the deterioration of relations with the West.

At the same time, the author notes that during his visit to Japan in April, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed the hope that the “Great Seven” will remain this number not for long.