August 21, 2019 / 5:00 PM / a month ago

UK's Johnson says case yet to be made for Russia to rejoin G7

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as he attends a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he did not believe the case had yet been made for Russia to rejoin the G7 following its “provocations” in places like Salisbury, Ukraine and elsewhere.

“On Russia and the G7, I’m aware of the moves to reintegrate Russia into the G7,” he said at a news conference in Berlin alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He added: “given what happened in Salisbury in Wiltshire, given the use of chemical weapons on British soil, given the continuing instability, civil war, the war in Ukraine, given Russia’s provocations, not just in Ukraine but many other places, I must say I am very much with Chancellor Merkel in thinking that the case has yet to be made out for Russia to return to the G7.”

Reporting by William James; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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