Wednesday, August 31 2016 12:19 EEST
Steinmeier: 'Russian resumption of the G8 is possible'
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For their resumption, Russia should demonstrate progress in resolving situation in Donbas and Syria, according to the German minister

Russian resumption of the G8 is possible if there is a progress in the negotiations concerning the occupied part of the Donbas and Syria. Such an opinion was expressed by the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, according to

'The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine show that we do have incentives not to exclude Russia from the close cooperation of world leading industrialized countries. When there is a substantial progress in the negotiations concerning the situation in eastern Ukraine and the cease-fire in Syria, the G7 partners will be absolutely ready to talk with Russia,'- he stressed.

The German minister also added that the ongoing negotiations with Russia are carried out very tightly.

The US leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada, together with the EU leadership met at the summit without Russia in March 2014 first time since due to annexation of the Crimea.

In April 2015, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on behalf of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the G7 expressed the hope that G7 may again turn into G8 if Moscow contributes to establishment of peace in Ukraine.

In May 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a return to G8-format is not possible as long as Russia is violating international law.

As we reported earlier, on December 21, the European Union Council adopted an official decision to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation for another six months. Russian Foreign Ministry called the connection of the EU sanctions' with the settlement of the conflict in Donbas 'has no basis behind it.'

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