US senators have submitted a resolution against the re-creation of the G8 with the participation of Russia. This is reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the author of the initiative, deputy leader of the democratic minority in the upper house of the legislature, Dick Durbin.
Senators opposed Russia’s participation until it “ceases its malicious actions against Ukraine, the United States,” and American allies.
The resolution has already been supported by 12 senators. The author of the initiative opposes the proposal of US President Donald Trump to restore the G8 format with the participation of Russia in connection with the situation around Ukraine, Afghanistan, as well as the allegedly destabilizing actions of Russia against the United States and other democratic countries around the world.
At the end of May, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to postpone the G7 summit until the fall and invite several third-party states to it. In addition to Russia, it was about Australia, South Korea and India. The American president explained that, in his opinion, the G7 is an “outdated group” of countries. The countries of the European Union and Canada opposed this decision. Moscow is interested in the invitation.
Russia was a member of the G8 before the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. After that, the leaders of the rest of the G8 countries (France, Great Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) refused to come to the summit in Sochi, having held a meeting in Brussels without Moscow’s participation. It was also decided not to hold G8 meetings anymore.