Canadian premier's remarks of Russia not returning to G7 under Putin 'unconstructive' - Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement that Russia will be unable to return to the G7 as long as President Vladimir Putin stays in power is unconstructive.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's statement that Russia will be unable to return to the G7 as long as President Vladimir Putin stays in power is unconstructive.

"In our opinion, these remarks are really not constructive," Peskov told reporters.

"We have said more than once that in today's global realities, limited formats such as the G8 or the G7 are gradually losing their effectiveness from the point of view of global problems and modern-day challenges," he said.

"These discussions are far more effective in other formats, on which we concentrate our attention and where we work," he said.

Peskov said that he was speaking about the G20 and a number of regional formats.

"Russia chairs BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] and the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization]. A very busy program of our chairmanship is being implemented today. We and our partners are also actively preparing for the summits of these two organizations in Ufa," Peskov said.

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