Putin responded to the call to return to G8

President of Russia Vladimir Putin responded to the proposal to return the format of “Big eight” (G8). The corresponding statement he made at the summit Shanghai cooperation organisation (SCO) in Chinese Qingdao, reports “Interfax”.

“with regard to the return of Russia in “seven”, “eight” — we from it did not come out. Colleagues at the time refused to come to Russia for known reasons. Please, we are happy all is there to see us in Moscow,” the Russian leader said.

however, he noted that the SCO countries have caught up and even begun to overtake the G7 in purchasing power parity, as evidenced by the data International monetary Fund (IMF).

“If calculated per capita, that is, “semëročnoj” country richer, but the economy of the SCO countries more. Well, the number of the population, of course, much more — half of the world’s population”, — said Putin.

the desire to restore the G8 format said U.S. President Donald trump 8 June. He later explained that he was more substantive than the G7. According to the American leader, the participants of the summit “the seven” has not brought the issue to a vote, but discussed it. The idea to return the G8 openly supported Italy. Previously played against Germany.