Chapter Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov said that Russia does not need a new G-8. He expressed this position in an interview with the National State Television and Radio Company of Belarus, reports RIA News.
Commenting on the initiative to create a new G8 without the US, Germany, France, Lavrov pointed out that Russia does not need such an organization. At the same time, he noted, Russia already has structures, primarily in the Eurasian space. “EAEU actively promotes integration processes together with the PRC, harmonizing the Chinese One Belt, One Road project with plans for Eurasian integration,” the minister recalled.
In addition, according to Lavrov, there is Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the processes taking place in the space of the CIS, the CSTO and the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Separately, the head of Russian diplomacy drew attention to BRICSwhich “relies more and more not on Western methods of doing business, not on Western rules, but on fairer methods that will not make any processes dependent on, say, the dominant role of the dollar or any other currency.”
April 28 Lavrov informedthat Russia refused to participate in the meeting of the “Big Seven” (G7). According to him, the G8 format with the participation Moscow will not take place because it is outdated. Lavrov believes that other participants’ doubts about whether to call Russia is “propaganda.” “We have repeatedly said that we will never go there again. This G8 will no longer exist, it is yesterday,” the minister explained.
In July 2020, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov also spokethat Russia does not seek to return to the negotiations on the G7. According to him, Moscow is satisfied with the work of the G20 summit, as this format better meets modern realities.