IAAF approves application of three Russians to compete as neutral athletesSport February 24, 1:43
US lawmakers present no evidence of Russia’s interference in US election - Russian MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:42
Russia to continue strengthen its Armed Forces - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:37
4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:31
Opposition’s demand of Assad’s immediate resignation absurd - Russian envoy to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 16:34
Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland DaySociety & Culture February 23, 16:19
ISS astronauts capture Dragon with manipulatorScience & Space February 23, 14:36
Vitaly Churkin’s body delivered to RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 12:30
Ukrainian military shell Donetsk water purification plantWorld February 23, 11:45
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.