Russia says China could be wanted in expanded G7 summit

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Russia isn’t in talks with the United States about its potential function at an expanded G7 summit later this yr, however insists that China ought to be included within the occasion, deputy international minister Sergei Ryabkov stated Saturday.

Ryabkov warned that the absence of China from an expanded G7 summit would make it inconceivable to debate worldwide points: “Without China it’s simply impossible to discuss any issues in the modern world”, he stated.

The Group of Seven of the world’s main industrialized nations is at the moment comprised of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK. Five years in the past, Russia was excluded from the then-G8 over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea area.

Last month, US president Donald Trump stated he would postpone the summit till September or later and broaden the checklist of invitees to incorporate Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Australia has accepted the invitation to participate. However, Canada and the United Kingdom stated they wouldn’t assist Russia’s return to the group.

On Friday, the US ambassador to Russia stated that Washington was “engaged with the Russian Foreign Ministry and with the other G7 governments about whether there is an appropriate role for Russia at the G7”.