When asked recently if Russia would be invited to the German-hosted event Merkel told press that there were no plans to include Putin after concerns were raised over recent events in Ukraine. According to Merkel, Russia’s actions in 2014 had been against the shared principles of the G7 and G8 leaders.
“The annexation of Crimea, which is a blatant violation of the principles of international law, and the events in eastern Ukraine are serious violations of these common values”, Merkel told press earlier this week.
Merkel also took the chance to state that Europe had no plans to lift sanctions on Russia until a solution on Ukraine was found.
Earlier this month Germany stated that ending sanctions would only be considered once all areas of a 12-point peace agreement drafted between Russia and pro-Russian rebels in September were achieved. According to various reports Russia has yet to make significant progress in the peace process.
The G7 and G8 groups are a collection of world leaders from the world’s wealthiest nations who meet periodically to discuss solutions to various global issues. Russia was officially suspended from the G8 in 2014 after the organisation voted to protest the country’s annexation of Crimea.