BEIJING, China – Commenting on the outcome of the meeting of G7 foreign ministers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke with no lack of clarity earlier today, April 24th. He spoke out that the Russophobic connotations in the work of the G7 are obvious, and added that Moscow is ready to patiently defend its position.
“As for the outcome of the meeting of foreign ministers in Toronto, of course, the Russophobic connotations there are obvious,” he said in comments to Russian news agencies.
“We will patiently defend our position, wait until our partners realize that such policy is a dead end,” he added.
He also was clear that the purpose and issues discussed by the G7 runs parallel with those which exist now in other formats, in comments which seemed to properly contextualize the present role of the forum.
“Political, military and political issues are discussed in the UN Security Council, generally within the UN, and economic issues, of course, cannot be resolved outside the framework of the Group of Twenty,” Lavrov said.
The G7 was previously the G8 and included Russia. A march of experts and former PM’s from European states have criticized the move by the group to exclude Russia several years ago, surrounding the Crimea referendum and the war in the Donbass.
The meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 countries was held in Toronto, Canada, on April 22-23. A meeting of G7 foreign and security ministers is held on April 23-24. Canada holds the G7 Presidency from January 1 to December 31, 2018.