The real reason why Russia was excluded from the “Group of Eight” (G8) was that Moscow began to pursue a foreign policy course independent of the West, which did not fit into the overall mainstream of the Euro-Atlantic community, said Konstantin Blokhin, an expert of the Center for Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to “Izvestia” on June 29.
The day before U.S. President Donald Trump said that Washington at one time insisted on the expulsion of Russia from the G8, because Moscow actually completely outplayed former U.S. President Barack Obama in the foreign policy arena.
“Excluded after the Crimean events. When Obama came together with other leaders, it was a consensus decision, a decision of the collective West. When Russia began implementing a foreign policy course independent of the West. And then Russia was seen as a threat to the global liberal order,” said Konstantin Blokhin.
He noted that membership in the G8 did not give Russia significant privileges, except for some image bonuses.
“Since the 1990s, there has been an unspoken agreement that Russia is a handshake in the Western community. At the same time, the West does not promise anything to Russia, any special investments, but Russia is represented on large international platforms. At the same time, Russia does not interfere with the strengthening of this global liberal world order,” the Americanist added.
In fact, Russia was excluded from the G8 because of the increase in its sovereignty, concluded the political scientist.
Earlier, on June 28, Joseph Biden, Trump’s main rival in the election race, denounced his opponent’s proposal to invite Russia to the G7 summit. He also stated that the U.S. leader betrayed military countries because of an article by The New York Times accusing Russia of being associated with the radical Taliban movement.
On June 3, the head of the U.S. White House said that the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the G7 countries requires common sense. According to him, Russia’s participation will facilitate the solution of many problems.
The U.S. president decided to postpone the G7 summit from late June to September, and also expressed a desire to invite Russia, India, South Korea and Australia to it. According to Trump, in the current composition G7 does not represent the whole world, making the format outdated.