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Steinmeier: Road to restoring G8 format lies through Ukrainian settlement

April 14, 2015, 18:57 UTC+3 LUBECK
It is impossible to resolve many conflicts without Russia but the road to restoring G8 lies through the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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LUBECK, April 14. /TASS/. The restoration of the G8 format involving Russia would be possible on the condition of settling the conflict in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday.

"As for this meeting and the forthcoming summit (of the G7 heads of state and government in Bavaria) and Russia’s participation in them, we have the situation that we have because Russia decided to violate international law," he claimed.

"The G8 partners said they were unable to stick to the usual agenda and pretend nothing has happened," Steinmeier said.

"The road to restoring G8 lies through the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict and the creation of proper conditions," he said.

Steinmeier recalled that in one of his recent interviews he pointed out that "nobody is interested in the isolation of Russia."

"We need Russia for various reasons, including the settlement of many crises, such as the Iranian nuclear problem. Without Russia we will be unable to resolve many conflicts," Steinmeier said.

At the same time he remarked that nobody was able to accuse Germany of easing efforts for the sake of mending a dialogue with Moscow.

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