Donald Trump says Russia’s readmission to G7 “would be advantageous to many things in the world”


US President Donald Trump said Russia should be readmitted to the Group of Seven, yet other members of the Group say that cannot happen as Russia is not liberal enough, reported Euractiv Monday.

The 2019 G-7 Summit, which is currently taking place in France and is supposed to end today (August 26), has been full of surprises. First, French President Emmanuel Macron had hosted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin just a few days before the Summit began. Then media outlets reported that Macron and Trump spoke over the phone and agreed that Russia, which was excluded from the group in 2014, should be invited to the 2020 Summit, which is to take place in the US. And finally, when the Summit started, it saw an unexpected turn: Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of foreign affairs of Iran who has recently been sanctioned by the US, came for talks on the sidelines of the Summit. Due to various divisions among the members of the Group, for the first time in the history of the Summit, it may end without a joint communique.

President Trump claimed Sunday that some of the seven members of the group, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, want Russia back in the Group.

“I think that’s a work in progress. We have a number of people that would like to see Russia back. I think it would be – I think it would be advantageous to many things in the world. I think it would be positive. Other people agree with me. And that’s something we’re discussing,” Trump said.

President Putin said earlier that any cooperation with the G-7 members would be useful.

However, most of the Group members pushed against Russia’s readmission. “Most of the leaders insisted on this being a family, a club, a community of liberal democracies and for that reason they said you cannot allow President Putin – who does not represent that – back in,” said a European diplomat.

The Summit of 2019 has also been marked by various protests in France. According to media reports, one of the protests ended up with a clash between the protesters and police, who used water cannons and tear gas.

President Trump posted on his Twitter Sunday that American media reports covering the events of the G-7 Summit were “inaccurate.” “These Leaders, and many others, are getting a major case study of Fake News at it’s finest!” Trump wrote. 

Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website

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