Moscow does not have enough information about the idea of US President Donald trump to invite Russia to the G7 summit to respond to it in any way. This was announced on June 1 by the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
“We don’t know the details of this offer yet. We don’t know if this is an official initiative. It was about inviting Russia and a number of other countries to the “seven”. There are more questions here: in what capacity, with what agenda, what is the composition of participants, and so on,” he said.
Peskov noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “a supporter of dialogue in all its manifestations”, and added that there are “comfortable for all participants and effective” effective mechanisms for international dialogue. For example, the G20 summit, where “the world’s leading economies” can discuss current issues.
The American leader decided to postpone the G7 summit from the end of June to September, and also expressed a desire to invite Russia, India, South Korea and Australia to it, it was reported on may 30.
Trump noted that the current composition of the G7 does not represent the whole world, making such a format obsolete.
The G7 (“Big seven”) is an international club that unites the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan. It originally included six countries: the first meeting with France, the United States, great Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan was held in 1957.
In 1976, the ” six “turned into the “seven”, taking Canada into its composition, and since 2002 it has been transformed into the” eight ” with the participation of Russia.
Russia ceased to be a member of the G8 in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea. Since then, the member States of the Association have held summits in the format of the “Big seven”.