The European Union is against an unconditional invitation for Russia to get back to the G8, Reuters news agency writes on Thursday based on an anonymous EU official. The Russians were suspended in 2014 due to the country's role in the crisis in the Crimea and in Ukraine.
Since the suspension of Russia, the group is known as the G7. The remaining countries: France, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and Italy will meet each other in the French coastal town of Biarritz next week.
The idea of re-admitting Russia to the group of large industrialized countries came out on Wednesday by the American president Donald Trump. "It seems fitting that Russia should be added, because many of the things we are talking about are about Russia," Trump told journalists.
The reasons for still excluding Russia "remain valid," the EU official told Reuters . Because of this, an unconditional invitation to complete the G8 again would be "counterproductive" and a "sign of weakness".