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The expert commented on the statement of the Meuse, about the participation of Russia in the G7

The statement of foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas, who spoke against the return of Russia to the G7 because of the unresolved Ukrainian question, looks especially cynical after the recent telephone conversation between presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky and are not aimed at reducing tensions in Russian-Ukrainian relations, told RIA Novosti leading researcher of the Center for German studies Institute of Europe Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Kamkin.

Previously, Maas stated that further expansion of the format of the "Big seven" and the inclusion in the group, Russia is unlikely to be possible. According to him, not yet resolved the issue of Crimea and Ukraine, the chances of the inclusion of Russia in the format he sees.

"It kind of blindsided. This sounds especially cynical on the background of a recent conversation Putin and Zelensky, who discussed the Ukrainian crisis. Instead of supporting such initiatives, though on some bridges, the German foreign Ministry, on the contrary, escalates the conflict, making such statements. Such a statement can encourage non-constructive, non-directional for de-escalation of Russian-Ukrainian relations, as well as reflecting the current situation in the political class of the EU", - says Kamkin.

He also noted that Germany against Russia is beset with contradictions between the political discipline within the EU and issues of economic viability.

"With regard to the "Nord stream-2", bilateral economic relations, the German business with both hands, but as for the political issues associated with the collective opinion of Brussels, Germany, on the one hand, linked hands with the other German political class, at least the party of the Euro-Atlantic wing constrained in its actions regarding Russian-German relations the politics of values. At the time, the EU in 2014 does not recognize the reunification of Crimea with Russia, and they are still in this stalemate: the historical fact is the return of the Crimea to Russia, but Germany stubbornly refuses to notice this fact as well as does not want to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but it is hard to negotiate the recognition of Kosovo," - said the expert.

According to the interlocutor of the Agency, according to Ukrainian and Ossetian issues between Russia and Germany there are insurmountable contradictions.

"In light of the tough stance in Berlin and Brussels on this issue we can predict that for the foreseeable future Russia is likely to back to the former G8 not coming back, but in principle, Russia is not particularly need. The bilateral dialogue is still underway. Putin meets with Merkel, and with the Macron, and other leaders of the "big seven", so Russia's membership in the G7 was largely a question of the status of the character, but not systemically important," stated Kamkin.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian initiative was held a telephone conversation of Vladimir Zelensky and Vladimir Putin, discussed the settlement in Donbass. The sides welcomed the agreement on full and comprehensive cease-fire in the Donbass, which starts from 00.01 on 27 July 2020, the President of the Russian Federation supported this arrangement.