German, July 27 (Reuters) – Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back to the group of seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday. Said in a newspaper interview published on. .
The prospect again rejoined Russia last month after Trump expanded the G7, which was expelled after the 2014 destruction of Ukraine’s Crimea region of Moscow.
But Maes told the Rhiniche Post that he showed no possibility of Russia going back to the G7 until there was any meaningful progress in settling the conflict in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
Russia made the biggest contribution to being a part of the G7 format by contributing to a peaceful resolution in the Ukraine conflict.
Russia is still part of the G20, a broader group that includes other emerging market economies.
“G7 and G20 are two sensible coordinated formats. We no longer need G11 or G12, ”Maas said in reference to Trump’s proposal to invite not only Russia, but other countries to G7 meetings.
Maas described relations with Russia as “currently difficult” in many areas. “But we also know that we need Russia to resolve conflicts like Syria, Libya and Ukraine. It will not work against Russia, but only with Russia. ”
Germany, which assumed the reins of the six-month EU presidency on 1 July, has played a mediating role in the conflict in Libya as well as Ukraine.
“But Russia also has to make its own contribution, which is very slow in Ukraine,” Maas said. (Reporting by Michael Neinaber; Editing by Peter Cooney)