August 21, 2019 / 10:38 AM / a month ago

Russia, on Trump idea for G7 return, says show us the proposals: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia needs to receive and examine tangible proposals for it to return to the G7 group of nations if that is what is being proposed, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialized countries.

“It’s hard to understand what this is about right now,” Interfax quoted Zakharova as saying. “Therefore, it is necessary to move the discussion of this topic from the sphere of public entertainment to the professional one if the Group of Seven wants to position itself as a serious format.”

Russia was excluded from the then G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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