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Change the format of the G7 due to Russia’s return is not currently being discussed, said Friday the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.
“The format of the G7 at the moment not discussed”, — he said at a briefing on Friday.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Crimea and Ukraine. The forum of economically developed Nations since 1998, was “the eight”, but in 2014, the Western members of the club decided not to go to the next G8 summit in Sochi and gathered without Russia in Brussels. Members of G7 have said they do not want to sit together with Russia, until Moscow changes its policy regarding the Crimea.
Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said that Moscow has not taken any steps for the return in the G8 and will not do. According to him, the Western partners “are already trying to persuade myself that I need Russia in “eight” return”.