In March of 2014, the G8, which included Russia, became the G7. Russia was suspended from the group due to the invasion of Crimea and the problems in Ukraine.
Recently, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would like to see Russia return to the G8, writes the Kyiv Post. However, it would depend on Russia’s role in settling conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, according to Deutsche Welle.
The Foreign Minister spoke in front of the gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) in Hiroshima and said he would prefer that the G7 format would not remain as it is for a long time. He advised member states “to create conditions for the return to G8.”
However, the German Foreign Minister added that Russia’s return to the group this year would be impossible, according to Ukraine Today.
He emphasized that the key for Russia’s return to the G8 would depend on the country’s contribution to reaching a “political solution” to the crisis in Ukraine and the “constructive role in establishing peace in Syria.”