Former Prime Minister, Helmut Schmidt: #Without Russia G-8 Summit is Meaningless
As we approach the summit of "seven" in Bavaria, a number of German politicians expressed the hope that in the future has been restored format of "Group of Eight", which was suspended by the West because of the return of the Crimea to Russia. If the current ministers say it will be possible after the Minsk Agreement, the retirees can not afford more. So, former Chancellor Schroeder called the mistake the failure to invite Putin at the current summit. Another former Prime Minister, Helmut Schmidt, and even stated that without the Russian president to hold a summit meaningless, and expressed confidence that Moscow would accept the invitation to participate in the summit, if it was done properly. However, current German minister talk about the future tense .
Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany Gerd Muller expressed hope that Russia will participate in the next summit, adding that the timing of the return to the club depends on Vladimir Putin: "Minsk the settlement agreement in the East of Ukraine should finally be fulfilled. Then Russia will again be a place at the table "Seven." And Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, justifying the rejection of the "Group of Eight" that the West "could not ignore Russia's violation of international law", said that "we can not be interested to G8 permanently turned into G7.
We urgently need Russia to resolve chronic conflicts in neighboring regions of Europe - in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and around Iran's nuclear program ... I am sure that Russia's return to the "Group of Eight" could improve international cooperation. " Berlin forced to respond to the debate going on in Germany without Russian in Bavaria - it is clear that the main point of discussion, "Seven" is the Ukrainian crisis and "what to do with Russia." As formulated by one of the German analysts Volker Perthes, "a situation in which seven countries will talk about the eighth, instead of eight major powers together talked about the situation in the world."
It is also clear that in German society and the elites are very strong sentiment in favor of the restoration of normal relations with Russia. In addition, many people realize that Washington is using Berlin in its geopolitical interests. But Hamburg account the renewal of "eight" is only important to the West - for Russia this problem does not exist.
"Seven" was created in the 70s as a club of leading Western powers, united by common values and Atlantic up globalization - and Russia has been fastened to the her as compensation for giving up its own global project. Excluding Russia from the "Group of Eight" was a symbolic completion of the attempts of the West to build our country into a global project as a first satellite (90 years), and then the junior partner without the right to vote (zero).
Russia has long been defined by its relation to the "eight" - you needed, you called, you do not need to become, you have eliminated, then it's your problem. Another confirmation of this announced on Thursday the Russian Foreign Ministry. Illusions 90 that participated in the "eight" gives a certain status and influence global affairs, Moscow is not peculiar - on the contrary, it is the West needed a mechanism of "eight" as a form of some supervision and influence on Russia. Which, however, in recent years it has not worked. And as soon as Russia, defending its national interests, entered into open conflict with the US geopolitical - Ukraine - immediately followed by an attempt to "punish" our country, except for the club.
The senselessness of such a demarche, as well as the entire history of the sanctions and the "blockade" is only now beginning to reach the majority of the leaders of Western countries. However, the Anglo-Saxons to the conflict in Ukraine was merely a pretext for playing the operation to destroy the Euro-Russian relations. And now, when Europe wants to restore relations with Russia - not at the level of individual countries, and that this is happening, but as a geopolitical entity - it would have to use a different format. By the "seven", which embodies the Atlantic Person of the West and one of the forms of control over Washington's allies, Russia will never be attached.
"Seven" is not the most industrialized and democratic country, how she takes, and the core of the global project of Anglo-Saxon elite - US, UK and Canada (although not formally a part of the British Commonwealth) fastened to them Germany, France, Italy and Japan.Germany and Japan have limited the sovereignty of American foreign policy, Italy firmly immersed in the internal political problems of France as strengthening the position of its Atlanticist elite consistently loses even the notion of their role of independent geopolitical player.
Of course, as soon as Germany, France and Japan will truly recover their independence, "Seven" begins to crack - but so far it remains quite a convenient tool to control junior partners of the Anglo-Saxon global project.Participation of sovereign Russia in this format is meaningless. The very existence of "eight" has become obsolete long before its formal suspension. Established after the global economic crisis of 2008, "Twenty" gradually switches to the functions of the world's major club. And this in itself marked a new era, the time of a multipolar world.In contrast to the "seven", which has by and large a general idea of what you need and profitable "golden billion" in the "twenty" represented all the major world centers power and civilization.
So far, the Atlantic "Club Seven" and sets the tone in the "twenty" - using all the financial, structural and power elite networks and institutions of globalization - but to do it is becoming increasingly difficult. As part of the "twenty" inevitably will form the two poles - "Seven" and "five" BRICS. Around Russia and China, the SCO and BRICS core, each year will line up different combinations of regional centers of power.
Latin America, the Arab world, the Muslim countries, Iran, which inevitably will enter the "twenty". The reform of the global financial system, the displacement of the US from a position of financial and military hegemonists, shifting the center of gravity of global geopolitics from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, a change in the global agenda with the Atlantic multipolarity - all this will take place within the framework of the "twenty". And Russia will build my game to counter, and then dismantling the global project of the Atlantic is on this site. "Eight" is dead, forget it.