Germany opposes Russia's return to the format of the "Big seven," said German foreign Minister Heiko Maas in conversation Rheinische Post.
The diplomat drew attention that the reason for the exclusion of the capital of Russia from this format was the reunification with Crimea and the situation in Ukraine.
"until this matter is resolved, I do not see opportunities to invite Russia," said Maas.
He Also disagreed with the initiative of the President of the United States Donald trump be invited to the G7 summit, the four countries - the Russian Federation, India, the Republic of Korea and Australia. According to the Minister, acceptable to the Berlin format is just a club of seven countries or twenty, but not eleven or twelve.
Maas also highly assessed the experience of the Russian colleagues, Sergei Lavrov. He added that the head of Russian diplomacy has consistently advocated the desire of his country, however, it can always be " found out ".
"Group of seven" (the " Big seven ", G7) is a Union of seven economically developed countries: USA, Germany, Japan, UK, France, Italy and Canada.
in 1998, the format has expanded at the expense of Russia, but after the return of the Crimea members of the club did not want to attend the summit in Sochi and gathered in Brussels seven.
About the possible restoration of the format "Big eight" was said in the last month of summer trump. Then He said that he wanted to invite Vladimir Putin to the G7 summit, which in 2020 will be held in the United States.
Putin, on its part, said that Moscow is ready to dialogue and considers it possible to restore the format of " Big eight ", but it is not an end in itself.