German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers that Russia's participation in the G7 meetings is impossible.
She stated this in an interview with dpa, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
"G7 is a group of states that are united with such values as democracy and the rule of law. Our principles include protection of international law and inviolability of borders, as it is the basis of our world order. And the Russian annexation of Crimea is a violation of the international law," Merkel said.
According to her, at the same the interest in further cooperation with Russia, which is essential to resolving a number of conflicts, such as in Syria, is maintained. In this regard, Merkel maintains regular contact with the Russian President.
The Federal Chancellor noted that the G7 summit participants would discuss "Minsk process, which is aimed to provide a political and peaceful settlement of situation in the east of Ukraine."