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Russia and the G8: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know 

1. Russian Concessions to the West

The US President Donald Trump expressed his support for reinstating Russia into the G8. The Kremlin would certainly have to make some serious concessions in order to renew its membership in this inter-governmental political forum. French President Emmanuel Macron already said that Russia can't return to the G8 format before the Ukrainian crisis is resolved. In other words, Moscow will, most likely, have to end its support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. Such move will be seen as an open betrayal of the pro-Russian forces in the Donbass. However, the Kremlin political technologists will undoubtedly try to portray it as another geopolitical victory.

2. Return of Crimea as a Condition

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on the other hand, wrote on Facebook that Russia can return to the G8 if it returns Crimea to Ukraine, ends the conflict in the Donbass and releases 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured at the end of the last year during the Kerch Strait accident. During the Macron-Putin meeting on Monday, French leader said a resolution of Russia's annexation of Crimea would be the "magic wand" to bring Russia back into the G7. Even though Russia was expelled from the old G8 format after it incorporated Crimea into the Russian Federation in March 2014, at this point it's unlikely that Moscow will be willing to discuss the future of the peninsula.

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