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Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

AFP  |  Moscow 

has not asked to rejoin the group of the world's leading economies and is perfectly happy working with the larger G20, said today, a day after US called for Russia's return.

Lavrov said on national television that "never asked anyone to return" to the following the 2014 decision to suspend over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

Ahead of the annual meeting of leaders Trump said Russia should be allowed back, a suggestion quickly rejected by Britain, and

Lavrov said Russia is "working fine in other formats" such as the Group of 20, TASS state agency reported.

"In the ultimatums don't work, you need to reach agreements there," said the Russian The "is a mechanism to reach consensus. I think this is most promising format for the future," he added.

Russia has bridled at Western sanctions over Crimea, but has not sought to compromise to rebuild ties.

Relations with the West have become even more strained in recent months after the in Britain of a Russian former double agent and his daughter, an attack has accused of being behind.

However the Kremlin acknowledged today that discussed during a visit to earlier this week the possibility of playing host to a summit with his US counterpart

Putin said in a Russian television interview that a meeting with Trump would be "useful." "Dialogue may prove to be constructive," he said in the interview, the full version of which was released today.

He added that Russia was ready to "develop, deepen and normalise ties with the United States," noting that the next move was for to make.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 20:20 IST