Maas: Germany against US push to let Russia back into G7

US President Donald Trump had suggested reintroducing Russia into the G7 last month. However, Moscow first needs to take greater efforts in solving the conflict in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.

Germany has rejected a proposal floated by US President Donald Trump to allow Russia back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published Monday.

“The reason for Russia’s exclusion was the annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine,” he told the Rheinische Post newspaper. “As long as we do not have a solution there, I see no chance for this.”

Russia was expelled from the G7 in 2014 after Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region.

‘Don’t need’ more members

“Russia itself can make the biggest contribution to reopening such doors,” Maas said, urging the Kremlin to do more to overcome the conflict.

“The G7 and G20 are two sensibly coordinated formats,” the minister added. The G20 is the larger gathering of the world’s most industrialized countries which still includes Russia. 

“We don’t need G11 or G12,” Maas said.

A role for Russia

Still, Maas said Russia remains important to the G7.

“We also know that we need Russia in order solve conflicts in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine,” Maas said. 

He called on Russia to do its part in Ukraine, saying that Moscow had been slow to act there. 

The foreign minister also criticized Russia for preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid to 1.5 million people in Syria.

“Russia is in control of how it is perceived,” Maas said. 

(c) DW

7 comments

  • “We also know that we need Russia in order solve conflicts in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine,” Maas said.

    BS. Russia are the reason for the conflicts. Massive EU sanctions against Russia would have sorted these problems out. Instead, you reward the terrorist bastard with gas pipelines and return it’s membership of PACE.

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    • Exactly. I can’t believe a German FM is still believing in this failed policy. How many years do we stick to a policy that’s not working? Maas isn’t stupid, he knows who started these invasions yet he is led by the nose too.

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      • I’m reading about all these leaders praising this ceasefire. It’s only 10 hours old, you would think Russia had withdrawn from Ukraine altogether, judging by their reactions. Lets see the response when Muscovy break this ceasefire. I’ve no doubt we’ll get the usual spineless statement beginning with “both sides.”

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        • And its already proven that now we know they are certainly Russian-controlled and that they are inside Ukraine. If they were indeed Ukrainian separatists, they would give a flying cow pie what the Kremlin says.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “Germany has rejected a proposal floated by US President Donald Trump to allow Russia back into the Group of Seven”
    Good decision by Germany. The rest is hogwash. Mafia land, for instance, is NOT important to G-7. Mafia land is mainly only a supplier of raw materials that are to be had elsewhere too.

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  • It seems all the members of the G7 are always going out of their way to say Russia isn’t welcome back. I don’t remember a single time that any Russian official has actually asked or indicated that they are desperate to be let back into this worthless talk shop. So why is Maas even bothering to mention something that Russia has not asked for.

    As Putin aptly stated when asked how he felt about not being invited for lunch with the G7 heads …” Bon appetite “ !!!

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