Policy Analysis Unit- ACRPS |
23 Jun ،2015
The G7 group of leading industrial economies concluded their forty-first summit in the town of Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. Items for discussion on the group’s agenda included anthropogenic climate change and the rise in average global temperatures, the Greek debt crisis, the battle against ISIL, and global pandemics such as Ebola. The most prominent matter at hand, however, was Ukraine and the future of the troubled relationship with Russia. This was the second meeting of the G7 since Russia was expelled in 2014 as a result of the Crimea crisis, leading to the cancellation of a summit planned in the Russian resort town of Sochi (the remaining members are the US, UK, Canada, Italy, Japan, France and Germany). This followed a period stretching back to 1998 when the group was known as the G8 and counted Russia as a full member, thereby restoring the state of affairs which had existed between 1976 and 1998. Extending the Western sanctions regime on Moscow was the US’s main objective during the German-hosted meeting, but the complexity of Western-Russian relations cannot be confined to the sanctions regime.