German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stands for Russia's return to the "Big Eight" format.

- Conflict in Syria and Ukraine show we are interested in not excluding Russia from closer cooperation between the leading world economies. The G7 will discuss this issue with Moscow once a sufficient progress is made in tackling of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and in the talks on a ceasefire in Syria. Moscow is the key to return to the "Big Eight", Steinmeier told in an interview with RedaktionsNetzwerks Deutschland.

The German Foreign Ministry voiced such statements on the eve of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is due to be attended by 57 countries, including Russia and Ukraine. Pavel Klimkin said he would raise at the OSCE meeting the issue of illegal confinement in a psychiatric clinic of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov, as well as other political prisoners.

Following the occupation of the Crimea in March 2014 the leaders of the "Big Eight" have decided to suspend Russia's membership in the G8 group.

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