MOSCOW, February 19 – RIA Novosti. The United States believes that the decision to invite Russia to the G7 should be made in partnership with all G7 members, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“Obviously, the invitation will be made in cooperation with our G7 partners,” Psaki said, quoted by Reuters.
She noted that the administration of US President Joe Biden does not invite Russia to join the G7.
The G8 format has existed since 1998. In 2014, it was reduced to the G7, when, against the background of events in Crimea, the club members decided not to go to the next summit in Sochi, but gathered in Brussels without Russia. In 2020, Donald Trump, as President of the United States, declared that the presence of Russia in the G7 requires common sense, and postponed the G7 meeting from summer to September, noting that he wants to invite four additional countries there, including Russia. But the G7 summit never took place.
In early February, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev noted that Russia does not want to return to the G7, this format has no prospects. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that participation in the G7, its transformation into the G8, is not an end in itself for the Russian Federation, from this point of view, the G20 format looks more preferable.