G7 countries would like to see Russia as part of G8 again, but it's currently not possible - Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday the G7 countries have no purpose of isolating Russia.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday the G7 countries have no purpose of isolating Russia.

None of the G7 countries are interested in Russia's isolation and they would like to see Russia as part of G8 again, Steinmeier said in Lubeck following a meeting of the foreign ministers off the G7 countries.

Steinmeier reiterated that it is currently not possible due Russia's position on Ukraine and due incomplete fulfillments of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

Steinmeier also said he finds Russia's decision to supply S-300 missiles to Iran to be premature. He said he was surprised by the decision to send the missiles to Iran, adding that there is no need to rush such decisions.

The sanctions against Russia can be lifted if the Minsk agreements on Ukraine are fully fulfilled, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries said in a joint statement.

The document, which was released following the ministers' negotiations in Lubeck, states that the sanctions are not a goal in themselves and their possible lifting should be clearly linked to the fulfillment by Russia of all provisions of the Minsk agreements and Russia's respect of Ukraine's sovereignty," the document says.

The ministers also said in their statement they expect Russia to take effective measures to stop transborder support of separatists in Ukraine.

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