G7 meeting: Heads of State and Government rule out return to G8
The bosses of the G7 states do not want to let Russia first return to the group. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron is supposed to mediate in the Iran dispute.
The bosses of the G7 states do not want to let Russia first return to their circle. The heads of state and government of the seven major Western industrialized nations, while unanimously in favor of "strengthening dialogue and coordination with Russia" at Biarritz, said diplomats. However, it was "too early for a return" of Russia in the group. The G7 bosses also commissioned French President Emmanuel Macron to hold talks with Iran on a settlement of the nuclear dispute.
Russia was expelled from the group in 2014 following the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea. The G8 was then back to the G7. According to the diplomats, the G7 leaders at their working lunch in Biarritz agreed not to change anything in the first place.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out in favor of the resumption of Russia. It is "much more appropriate" if Russia belongs to the group, Trump said recently. Russia had then openly open for a return.
Emmanuel Macron is to convey
The G7 leaders also arranged a new initiative to settle the crisis with Iran in Biarritz. The other G7 states have commissioned French President Emmanuel Macron to "speak with Iran and deliver a message," diplomats said. The aim is to reduce tensions in the region and to prevent Iran from owning nuclear weapons.
US President Trump had unilaterally terminated the nuclear deal with Iran, which pursued just this goal. Trump argues that the agreement is ineffective and unilaterally favored Iran. Since then, tensions are growing around the country. The remaining G7 states want to save the agreement.