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Japan positive about Russia’s G-7 return

  • August 27, 2019
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Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed on Tuesday a positive stance toward U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal to readmit Russia to the group of advanced economies currently consisting of seven countries.


“In order to encourage Russia to play a constructive role, we need to have dialogues with and seek the involvement of Russia,” Suga, the top Japanese government spokesman, told a press conference.


Russia was forced out of the framework of the world’s major countries following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.


On the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, that ended Monday with the adoption of only a one-page statement, Suga said the chair country, while forgoing the issuance of a full-blown leaders’ declaration, decided to prepare the text that simply listed issues with some noteworthy developments.


Suga argued against questions about the G-7’s relevance, saying, “It has become even more important for the G-7 leaders who share basic values to play active roles as a driving force of the international community.”

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