The House of Representatives voted against Russia’s participation in G7 meetings

The initiative will now need to be considered by the Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at preventing Russia from participating in G7 meetings and restoring the G8 format with Russia’s participation.

The document prohibits the use of federal funds by the Washington administration for the purpose of “supporting or facilitating Russia’s participation in the G7 meetings and restoring the G8 format with the participation of the Russian Federation”.

According to the bill, this measure should cease to operate only after the U.S. Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence can assure lawmakers that Russia, “has ceased any interference in the elections in the U.S. or other G7 countries, NATO states and the EU”, fully complies with its obligations under the Minsk agreements, “has ceased the illegal occupation of Crimea …, South Ossetia and Abkhazia” and “has withdrawn its troops and weapons from Transnistria.

The initiative will now need to be considered by the Senate, where the majority now belongs to the Republicans.

If approved by the upper house, the bill would be signed by the head of state.

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