Germany: Federal press conference touches on George Floyd killing, border controls and G7

German government spokespeople discussed a number of current issues at a federal press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Steve Alter from the Minister of the Interior's office discussed the imminent lifting of border checks, while Steffen Seibert from the federal government talked about the current racism situation in the U.S., as well as Russia's potential participation in the upcoming G7. «The minister has clearly said that on June 15th the border checks will be lifted if the pandemic doesn't make it impossible,» confirmed Minister of the Interior's Press officer Steve Alter. «The death of the black citizen George Floyd has left many people, including the German government, devastated,» stated Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. «We hope that the violence ends and that the clever and humane voices that are in America are also peacefully committed to improvements for good coexistence and for the end of racism,» he went on to say. Staying on the topic of the U.S., the spokesperson discussed Donald Trump's recent assertion that Russia should be allowed to attend the upcoming G7 conference. «The G7 format can be only changed when all members of the G7 agree. Regarding Russia, there is a policy since 2014 and the reason of their ban remains active due to the annexation of Crimea» responded Seibert.

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