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World Germany rejects Trump's proposal to let Russia back into G7: foreign minister

01:31  27 july  2020
01:31  27 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Germany has rejected a proposal by U. S . President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven ( G 7 ) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Trump raised the prospect last month of expanding the G 7 to again include Russia

On Sunday, Mr Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin of his plan to invite him to the summit. The White House said making "progress toward convening the G 7 " with Earlier, a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the group.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has rejected a proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.

Heiko Maas wearing a suit and tie: Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis meets with German Foreign Minister Maas at the Maximos Mansion in Athens © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis meets with German Foreign Minister Maas at the Maximos Mansion in Athens

Trump raised the prospect last month of expanding the G7 to again include Russia, which had been expelled in 2014 following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

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Trump ’ s suggestion about allowing Russia to rejoin the G - 7 drew swift reaction. John McCain, R-Ariz., also scoffed at the proposal , calling it “a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world.” But Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, in Canada for the meeting, backed Trump ’ s suggestion. Despite Supreme Court ruling, Trump administration rejects new DACA applications.

President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday did not reject the idea of Russia rejoining the group of industrialized nations but asked: “How can I come back into an organization that doesn’t exist? It is called the G 7 today.”Credit Pool photo by Gerard Julien.

But Maas told Rheinische Post that he did not see any chance for allowing Russia back into the G7 as long as there was no meaningful progress in solving the conflict in Crimea as well as in eastern Ukraine.

Russia itself could make the biggest contribution to becoming part of the G7 format again by contributing to a peaceful solution in the Ukraine conflict, Maas said.

Russia is still part of the G20, a broader grouping including other emerging-market economies.

"G7 and G20 are two sensibly coordinated formats. We don't need G11 or G12 anymore," Maas said in reference to Trump's proposal to invite not only Russia, but other countries to G7 meetings.

Maas described the relationship with Russia as "currently difficult" in many areas. "But we also know that we need Russia to solve conflicts such as those in Syria, Libya and Ukraine. That will not work against Russia, but only with Russia."

Germany, which took over the rotating six-month EU presidency on July 1, has taken on a mediating role in the conflict in Libya as well as in Ukraine.

"But Russia also has to make its contribution, which is very slow in Ukraine," Maas said.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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