Russia's exclusion from G8 still stands, says Germany

Russia's exclusion from the G8 group of powers following its illegal annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the basis for that decision still stands, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday.

“It is up to the Russian leadership to end this situation,” Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference in Berlin.

Putin's Russia was expelled from what was then the Group of Eight in 2014 when Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, was U.S. president, after Moscow annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine.

Russia still holds the territory, and various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to re-admit Moscow.

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