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No Russia G7 return without Ukraine 'progress': Merkel

AFP  |  La Malbaie (Canada) 

The European members of the are agreed that cannot be readmitted into the club until there is an improvement in the crisis in Ukraine, German said today.

"We are in agreement that a return of to the cannot happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine," told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing summit in

spoke following a meeting with the leaders of Italy, Britain and which came in the aftermath of US Donald Trump's call to readmit

The decision to kick Russia out of what had been the was in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which was widely denounced as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 02:00 IST