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Why Is the Former G8 Summit Now Called the G7 Summit?

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at the G7 Summit in Germany, 2015. (Screenshot/Youtube)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at the G7 Summit in Germany, 2015. (Screenshot/Youtube)

The 41st G7 summit just wrapped up. It was held in Schloss Elman, Kruen, Bavaria, Germany on June 7-8,2015. The Attendees included leaders from its seven G7 member states.

Some of the main key topic addressed at the 2015 G7-summit were the protection of the marine environment, antibiotic resistance, poverty-related diseases, and ebola.

The body of G7 attendees this year is however thinner than in the recent past. Before March 2014, the G7 was known as G8, including Russia as a core member. However, in 2014, President Obama and other world leaders decided to end Russia’s role in the group of leading industrialized nations, said the Whitehouse.

Russia was suspended from G8 in response to it’s apparent annexation of Crimea.

A Whitehouse statement called Russia’s move a violation of international law. “International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force.”

Russia however didn’t show any hard feelings for being kicked out of the G8 circle. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, G8 is an informal organization, and the real decisions were made elsewhere.

“All the economic and financial questions are decided in G20, and G8 has the purpose of existence as the forum of dialogue between the leading Western countries and Russia […] it will be an experiment for us to see how we live without it,” Sergey Lavrov said.

Lavrov says Russia not clinging to G8:

Not everyone supports Russia being excluded from G8. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde recently said she wants Russia back in G8.”[…] The international community functions best only when all its members, Russia included, sit together at one table working hand in hand and achieving good results. I hope that, sooner or later, we’ll see this happening”, said Sputnik News.

The most recent G7 meeting in Germany included Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

The international community seems little different from a big family, with its disagreements and quarrels. But what makes a family prosper is it’s ability to always find common ground from which it can resolve it’s issues as one body.

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