Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the invitation to return the format of “Big eight” (G8). The corresponding statement he made at a summit of the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO) in Chinese Qingdao, reports “Interfax”.
“With regard to the return of Russia in “seven”, “eight” — we from it did not come out. Colleagues at the time refused to come to Russia for known reasons. Please, we are happy all is there to see us in Moscow,” — said the Russian leader.
However, he noted that the SCO countries have caught up and even begun to overtake the G7 in purchasing power parity, as evidenced by data from the International monetary Fund (IMF).
“If calculated per capita, that is, “semëročnoj” country richer, but the economy of the SCO countries more. Well, the number of the population, of course, much more — half of the world’s population”, — said Putin.
The desire to restore the G8 format, said US President Donald trump on 8 June. He later explained that he was more substantive than the G7. According to the American leader, the participants of the summit “the seven” has not brought the issue to a vote, but discussed it. The idea to return the G8 openly supported Italy. Previously played against Germany.
The G8 has ceased to exist in 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia. Then the leaders of major world powers has refused to participate in the summit that Russia, as chair, was held in Sochi. Instead, in Brussels, a meeting of “seven” — G7 (France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada). The summit is also attended by the representatives of the European Union (the presidents of the EU Council and the European Commission).