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International conflicts cannot be settled without Russia’s participation — Germany’s FM

April 10, 6:33 UTC+3 HIROSHIMA
"I would not like the G7 format to be a long-term one; we need to create conditions for return to the G8 format," Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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HIROSHIMA, April 10. /TASS/. Russia may return to the Group of Eight but only on particular conditions, Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the German press agency DPA on Sunday on the verge of G7 foreign ministers meeting starting today in Hiroshima.

"I would not like the G7 format to be a long-term one; we need to create conditions for return to the G8 format," the minister said. "However, such conditions have not yet formed this year," he added.

Speaking about conditions for Russia’s return to the Group of Eight, Steinmeier stressed the need for Russia’s contribution into reaching a "political solution" for the crisis in Ukraine and the "constructive role in establishing piece in Syria."

"Not a single major international conflict can obviously be settled without involvement of Russia," Steinmeier said. Remaining months of this year should demonstrate whether Russian intends to continue playing a constructive role in eliminating the conflict in Syria, the minister said. "Certainly, a discussion will be held within the G7 framework when and on what conditions the return [of Russia to G8] is possible, he added.

International terrorism, situation in the South China Sea and nuclear disarmament are expected to be main topics of G7 foreign ministers meeting in Hiroshima.

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