Dmitriy Peskov, press secretary of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, argued on Monday that Putin prefers to work in more efficient international formats than the Group of Seven (G7), consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"As for the speculations on whether Putin was invited or was not invited or whether he will be invited or not, I would like to repeat once again: the Russian president focuses on the participation in other, currently much more efficient formats that reflect the real state of things in the global economic space, and so on," Peskov said.
Russia was locked out of what was previously known as the G8, after Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"We also drew attention to the fact that among the participants of this meeting there are nuances in their approaches. Some talk about the need for dialogue with Russia and the impossibility of solving serious problems without this dialogue, so we continue watching closely," he said.
Last week Germany accused Russia of violating the "peaceful order in Europe that formed after the Second World War."
Peskov said they paid attention to the latest declarations on sanctions, commenting the G7 countries’ statements about imposing more sanctions on Russia which has no point because these aren’t new theses.
"Both the Russian Foreign Ministry and we [the Kremlin administration] have already told about our attitude towards this sanction rhetoric and I have nothing to add," he said.
Leaders of the G7 countries met for G7 summit last weekend in Germany and voiced support to keep sanctions on Russia until a peace deal is implemented in eastern Ukraine.
The G7 countries claim Russia provides weapons for pro-Russian separatists, however, Russia denies it.
Since the conflict began in eastern Ukraine, more than 6,400 people have died and the Russian-backed separatists have taken control of two major areas in Ukraine’s east following its annexation of Crimea.