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Zelenskyy calls on EU to prevent Russia's return to G7

He had a phone conversation with the European Council president.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has had a phone conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk.

"Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the European Union to display a decisive position on the impossibility of Russia’s return to the G7 without removing the reasons why Russia was once expelled from it - the occupation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas," the statement reads.

Donald Tusk shared Zelenskyy's concern in connection with statements that Russia may return to the G7. Tusk assured Zelenskyy that the EU’s common position regarding solidarity with Ukraine remains the same, and promised that he would insist on this position at the G7 summit in France on 24-26 August.

In addition, on 22 August, the president of Ukraine sent separate written appeals to all leaders of the G7 countries to further strengthen their support for Ukraine.

Earlier today, Zelenskyy had telephone conversations with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canada's Justin Trudeau. They agreed that Russia should not be allowed to return to the G7.

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