The G7 countries have agreed to take further action against Russia if necessary, said British PM Theresa May.
“I welcome the G7’s understanding of the need to maintain sanctions against Russia in light of the fact that Russia has not fully complied with its obligations under the Minsk Accords in Ukraine. We agree to be ready, if necessary, to take further action. restrictive measures against Russia,” May said at the end of the summit held in Canada.
The prime minister also said that Russia must “change its behavior” to return to the G8. In addition, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that the G7 is not interested in Russia’s return to the club.
“Russia’s return to this format is not what we are interested in now,” Trudeau said, commenting on the recent proposal by US President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to re-establish the G8 format with Russia .
European Council President Donald Tusk called for the G7 format to remain unchanged, and Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the return of Russia was discussed at the summit only in individual meetings and not officially.
The format of the G8 existed since 1998, but after the reincorporation of the Crimea into Russia in 2014, the group returned to the format with seven members (G7), composed by Germany, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. In June of that year, the members of the group made the decision not to attend the summit in the Russian city of Sochi and met in Brussels without Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that “We agree that a return of Russia to the G-7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of problems with Ukraine.”
This once again demonstrates that the US controls discourse surrounding the G7, and is not entirely serious in reconciling with the Eurasian giant.