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Macron Says G-7 Needs Ukraine Progress Before Russia Comes Back

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Fort de Bregancon, a summer residence of the president of France, on the French Riviera on Aug. 19. 

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Fort de Bregancon, a summer residence of the president of France, on the French Riviera on Aug. 19. 

Photographer: Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron said Russia can’t return to the top table of global politics until there has been more progress in Ukraine.

As he prepared to welcome leaders of the Group of Seven nations to France this weekend, Macron said he would like to return to the so-called G-8 format, that saw Russia join the world’s leading developed economies, but President Vladimir Putin first needs to comply with the terms of the Minsk peace accord on Ukraine.