Two-day G7 meeting will be held in Germany, in the northern German city of Luebeck, starting from Monday evening and would be mainly focusing on Ukraine crisis and Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, according to the German foreign minister, once again dismissing Russia on the table.
"It is not in our interests to isolate Russia in the long term,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “But after the illegal annexation of Crimea, we cannot just act as if nothing has happened and carry on 'business as usual'."
The leaders of the G7, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada - ones used to be G8 with Russia -, held a summit last year in Rome without Russian President Vladimir Putin, as a protest against Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
Stating that he desires to get Russia more involved in helping resolve conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Libya, the German foreign minister said the G8 group remained closed to Russia for now.
"The way back to the Group of Eight will come through respecting the unity of Ukraine and implementing Russian obligations in the Minsk [ceasefire] agreement."
A ceasefire agreement was reached in Ukraine Feb. 12. The Minsk agreement required the both sides withdraw heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine beginning from Feb. 17. However, dozens of people died from the both sides since the agreement inked in Belarus.
The meeting will also focus on the outcome of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, said German Foreign Ministry spokesman.
The spokesman Martin Schaefer said the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would be informing the other G7 foreign minister on the result of Lausanne talks.
Iran and P5+1 world powers - the U.S., Russia, the U.K., China, France, and Germany - reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program April 2 in the Swiss city of Lausanne in exchange for removing all economic sanctions from the country.
Iran demands the West to lift all nuclear-related U.S. - EU sanctions on the same day of the final deadline to ink the agreement, which is June 30.
However, the U.S. has said sanctions would be phased out gradually under the comprehensive nuclear pact.