Contents tagged with G7

  • German Foreign Minister rejects possibility of allowing Russia back into G7

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected a proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the G7.

    "The reason for Russia's expulsion was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine," said Maas in an interview published in two German newspapers Rheinische Post and Bonner General-Anzeiger.

    According to the minister, while there is no solution to the situation with Crimea and the Donbas, he sees "no chance" that Russia will join the G7.

    The G7 includes the United States, Canada, …

  • Kremlin: It is pointless for Russia to attend G7 summit

    The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the Group of Seven (G7, which includes France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Canada, the US and Japan) has lost its significance as an instrument of global governance, since most important matters are resolved in other formats, for example at G20 summits, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Interfax in an interview.

    According to him, Moscow does not wish to return to the organization, and has not received an invitation to the next G7 summit …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky urges EU to keep Russia out of G7

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, reports the press service of Ukrainian President.

    "Volodymyr Zelensky called on the European Union to show its determination against Russia's return to the Group of Seven (G7) until the annexation of Crimea and the aggression in the Donbas continue. These are the reasons why Russia was excluded from the G7," reads the message of the Ukrainian President.

    Donald Tusk …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau condemn plan to allow Russia back to G7

    On August 22, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They discussed Russia’s possible return to the G7, reports press-service of the Ukrainian President.

    Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Trudeau for Canada's firm position against Russia's return to the Group of Seven because of the aggression, which continues in the Donbas, as well as the annexation of Crimea.

    "He also noted that in a situation where Ukrainians continue to …

  • G7 Ambassadors urge Poroshenko to allow for smooth transition of power to Zelensky

    Ambassadors from the Group of Seven countries called on the current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to ensure a smooth transition of power to his successor, Vladimir Zelensky. The publication Evropeyska Pravda cited a message from the French presidency of the G7 on Twitter when reporting the news.

    “G7 ambassadors met with President Poroshenko today to discuss the progress of ​​reforms during his presidency. They congratulated President Poroshenko on his achievements and exchanged views …

  • Lavrov ‘allows’ Ukrainian Navy ships to pass through the Kerch Strait

    Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti.

    “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said.

    On 25 November last year, Russia  …

  • Germany and France insist on maintaining ‘Normandy format’ talks after elections in Ukraine

    Germany and France insisted on the G-7 group countries to continue their mediating efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Berlin and Paris consider it necessary to continue negotiations in the Normandy format regarding the future of eastern Ukraine, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during the consultations of the foreign ministers of the leading industrial countries which took place in Dinard, France, on Saturday, April 6.

    Maas said that both Germany and France hope for further …

  • G7 ambassadors warn Kyiv of 'extremist movements' in Ukraine

    On 15 March, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov received a letter from Group of Seven (G7) ambassadors, in which they warned him of the activity of “extremist movements” in Ukraine.

    Radio Liberty obtained a copy of two letters drafted by a group of G7 ambassadors in support of reforms in Ukraine. The group comprises of envoys from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

    In the letter addressed to Avakov, French Ambassador Isabelle Dumont wrote on behalf of her fellow …

  • G7 and World Bank urge Ukraine to reinstate illicit enrichment article of Criminal Code

    The Group of Seven and the World Bank have criticized the Constitutional Court of Ukraine’s decision to revoke article 368-2 of the Criminal Code, which deals with illicit enrichment.

    “The recent elimination of the illicit enrichment offence from the criminal code is a serious setback in the fight against corruption in Ukraine. This has weakened the impact of the whole anti-corruption architecture, including the soon to be established High-Anti-Corruption Court, which was expected to rule on a …

  • France: Russia not excluded from G7

    Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador responsible for the preparation of the French presidency in the G7, said that Paris would happily have Russian return to the G-7 under certain conditions. According to him, Russia’s membership was suspended, not discontinued, therefore there it is likely that the old G8 format will be restored in time for the summit in Biarritz, which will take place in August 2019.

    “Russia had never been excluded from the G8. Russia’s participation was only suspended when …