The head of the Oriental Department of the German economy Eckhard Cordes criticized the decision of the countries "Big seven" to refuse Russia to participate in the upcoming summit.
The summit of the G7 countries will be held June 7-8 at ELMAU castle in the Bavarian Alps.
in conversation Cordes said that the rejection of the use of such meetings, as the G7 Summit, for dialogue with Russia is a missed opportunity, reports.
"The meeting of the G7 plus Russia can contribute to the resolution of the fall and the transition of Russia to engage constructively in the Ukrainian conflict ", - quotes Agency the words of Cordes.
"Eight" has turned into "seven" after the G7 in 2014, has decided not to send their leaders at the informal Summit of the club of developed countries in Sochi and gathered without the participation of Russia in Brussels. This decision was made on the background of the Crimean events. Now in the group of seven includes the following countries: Germany, USA, Canada, Japan, France, UK, Italy.
The head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov said on this issue that the Russian Federation no one was excluded from the G8, because "Eight" is just a club, which brings together leaders of major countries to discuss issues of mutual interest, and not some kind of structure, where you can kick " and no procedural mechanisms of the exception does not happen.