Need wider G7-style group with India, China: Russian President Putin
VLADIVOSTOK: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to host a meeting of the G7/G8 group of nations, and would welcome a wider format featuring Turkey, India and China.
Putin, who was speaking at an economic forum in Russia's Far East, said he could not imagine an effective international organisation without China or India.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also attended the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), evaded a direct reply when asked whether India would like to join the Group of industrialised nations if it is expanded from G7.
"If such a question had come from the G7, it would have been appropriate ... My saying 'yes' or 'no' to a question coming from you has no value," Modi said.
At the same time, he said India, in principle, is in favour of a multi-polar world with equal powers and responsibilities.
The moderator was wondering whether G7 should be expanded to G10 by including Russia, India and China.
The G7 comprises the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
For a certain period, Russia was the member of the group, then known as G8, but the membership ended in 2014.
Interestingly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also present when the question was asked.
PM Modi was the chief guest at the event, where he spoke about his vision of making a 'New India' with a target of making the country a $5 trillion economy by 2025.
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Deviprasad Nayak•Unknown•5 days ago •Follow
We have first time foolish PM who is lending money to rich nations without knowing economic status of India.How can he compare a big country with small one?India''s GDP percapita ranking is 142 out of 185 countries.India is a poor country.France is smaller than Gujarat or Karnataka
Atul Patel•5 days ago
Kick UK out of G7
Sl•Secunderabad•5 days ago
No Uno grouping can be said to be truly representative of the world population unless it includes india, China n two more nations from Africa.
Sl•Secunderabad•5 days ago
Fully agree with this view. Without india n China about 40% of the world population goes unrepresented n that''s gross.
Prakki Satyamurty•Nidadavolu•5 days ago
We should befriend Russia because it has always supported India in issues like Kashmir. However, we should seek to befriend USA for many reasons: Good to be a friend of the richest nation. Indian immigrants to the US are highly qualified and well to do. Such an opportunity was given by the US immigration and de ratic policy. Lastly, in case of a dispute with China we should have power nations siding us.
NILESH PATIL•KOLHAPUR•5 days ago
putin is good frd of india
Alert alert•5 days ago
G7/8 is based on per capita income...not total GDP. Only Turkey probably qualifies...Not China or India. India should focus on UNSC only...the rest is rubbish...big talk by big boys with no money...
Anup•5 days ago
Putin is just playing game by putting India and China in the same bracket. India must aware of that.
Tanmay Chakrabarti•Unknown•5 days ago
It is NaMo and his team''s dynamic policy make India great.
R F C JHANSI•5 days ago
Modi is great
Aaaa•5 days ago
how does it matter to common Indian.? g7or G100
Hindustan•5 days ago
India GDP has sliped below 7th spot in the world in last 2 months, but you didnt hear it in the news bcoz it exposes Modinomics for what it is. Disaster for indian economy.,Why Media not using words like Modinomics, Make in India?
Sourav Mukherjee•Kolkata•5 days ago
Very heart-warming news. NaMo is a wonderful statesman and now emerging as one of the tallest figure in global political scenario.
Bala Srinivasan•saginaw USA•5 days ago
Western bias with ITALY&UK both failing but in G7,while INDIA&CHINA doing far better than some of the G7 shows the unashamed western bias.
Sab•5 days ago
New G7 should be as follows United States, China, Japan, Germany, India, France , United Kingdom
Rewarding•5 days ago
Putin is a great man...