France stands firm against the return of G8 format with Russia’s participation since Crimea is still under occupation.
“France believes that reasons for exclusion of Russia from G7 did not disappear and doubt the will of Moscow to join the group of seven economic states,” the message said.
It is noted that earlier the particular reasons existed for the exclusion of Moscow out of G8. The situation has not changed as France stated. However, it is necessary to look for other ways for dialogue with Russia.
Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later to invite four additional non-member nations — including Russia.
The Group of Seven countries, previously the G-8, included Russia until its membership was suspended in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea in Ukraine. Thus, a move to invite Russia would be controversial.
This is not the first time that Donald Trump attempted to bring Moscow back into the fold, which expelled by former US President Barack Obama. Various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to readmit Moscow.