The U.S. Congress introduced a bill prohibiting Russia’s participation in the G7 or re-establishing the G8 with Russia. The initiator was Democratic Party member Katie Hill, REPORTS RT.
The text of the document states that officials belonging to the U.S. government should not use their position to facilitate Russia’s return to the Group of Eight.
Earlier, on October 17, the White House said that Russia could take part in the G7 summit, which will be held in Florida on June 10-12, 2020, but as a separate participant. They also noted that the discussion on the restoration of the G8 format with the participation of Russia continues, but the decision will be made later.
The Kremlin said it would be happy to consider the invitation if it came. After reading the wording, the proposal can be evaluated, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president.
Russia was part of the G8 before the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. After that, the leaders of the other G8 countries (France, Great Britain, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada) refused to come to the summit in Sochi, holding a meeting in Brussels without Moscow’s participation. It was also decided not to hold meetings in the G8 format anymore.