Russia interested in Trump’s proposal to hold expanded G7 summit, says senior diplomat

# 19:37
26 June 2020

US President Donald Trump’s proposal to hold an expanded G7 summit, involving Russia, Australia, India and South Korea, is of interest to Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman, APA reports citing TASS. 

"This is of interest [to Russia]. Of course, we are studying what was proposed by the US president," he said responding to a question about Trump’s initiative.

Ryabkov noted that, in general, Russia believed that the G7 format was outdated and did not reflect the balance of forces in the international arena. According to the senior diplomat, Moscow prioritizes cooperation within the G20 and BRICS.

"I believe that the G7 as presented by the American side reflects a somewhat one-sided view of problems, if only because China is not among those invited to that group," Ryabkov said.