Lavrov: Russia never asked to be allowed back to G8
While commenting on US President Donald Trump’s suggestion to bring Russia back to the G7, making it G8 once again, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow "never asked to be allowed back."
"When our western partners decided to return to the G7 format, we accepted their decision and have been working on other platforms since then," Lavrov told Channel One. "Members of the SCO, BRICS and the G20 share our approaches," he added.
"Ultimatums are not enough for the G20, one needs to make agreements there. The Group of 20 is a mechanism for achieving consensus. I believe it is the most promising platform for the future," TASS cited the Russian top diplomat as saying.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that Russia should attend the G7 meeting.