The G7 includes seven countries: USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.
For the first time, the Russian Federation joined the meeting of the G7 in 1991 as a listener. So, until 1997, the summit was called G7 + 1, after which, from 1997 until 2014, the group worked as the G8.
In 2014, Russia was expelled from the G8 for the annexation of Crimea, aggression against Ukraine and the war in the Donbass, and the summit, which was supposed to be held in Sochi in June of that year, was canceled.
French President Emmanuel Macron, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 20, noted that the possibility of returning to the G8 format and “reanimating” relations between the Russian Federation and the EU depends on progress in resolving the “Ukrainian crisis”.