G7 members at odds as Trump seeks Russia's return

G7 leaders reject Russia's return after Trump summit invite

6/2/2020 4:45:00 AM

G7 leaders reject Russia's return after Trump summit invite

The UK and Canada oppose Russia's readmission, as Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to a summit.

US President Donald Trump has previously supported Russia's return to the groupThe UK and Canada have opposed Russia's return to the G7, deepening a rift over US President Donald Trump's wish for the country to rejoin.Mr Trump said on Saturday he would postpone the G7 summit scheduled to take place this month until September.

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The president said the G7's"outdated group of countries" should be expanded to include others, including Russia.On Sunday, Mr Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin of his plan to invite him to the summit.The White House said making"progress toward convening the G7" with Russia was among the topics the leaders discussed in a phone call.

What is the G7 summit and what does it do?The G7 summit, which the US hosts this year, convenes the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK to discuss matters of co-operation.But Mr Trump's invitation to Mr Putin has drawn the ire of the UK and Canada, whose leaders said on Sunday they would not support Russia's readmission to the group.

Russia was expelled from the group - previously known as the G8 - in 2014 in response to its annexation of Crimea."Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out," Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference.

Image copyrightImage captionCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he opposes Russia's readmission to the groupEarlier, a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the group.Unless Russia ceases its"aggressive and destabilising activity", the UK would not support the country's readmission to the group, Mr Johnson's spokesman said.

"Russia was removed from the G7 group of nations following its [2014] annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of changed behaviour which would justify its readmittance," the spokesman told reporters.Neither the UK or Canadian position rules out Mr Putin's attendance of the summit in the US.

Though representatives of non-G7 members have attended the group's summits before, Mr Putin's presence could prove contentious.In recent years, the UK has had an acrimonious relationship with Russia, which it blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England in 2018.

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G7 will act over Russia's 'malign activity', UK saysDespite opposition from other G7 members, Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed his support for Russia's return to the group.At a G7 summit in 2018, Mr Trump said he thought it"would be an asset to have Russia back in".

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionTrump to G7:"They should let Russia come back in"Announcing the delay of this year's G7 summit on Saturday, Mr Trump echoed that sentiment.He said he did not feel the group"properly represents what's going on in the world", suggesting Russia, South Korea, Australia and India should be invited.

The leaders of South Korea and Australia have expressed interest in attending the summit in the US.Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the president's invitation to attend a summit in person because of the coronavirus pandemic.Image copyright

Image captionThe G7 summit was held in France in 2019The G7 (or Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies.The leaders of these countries meet annually at summits to discuss issues of global governance, including climate change, security and the economy.

The group regards itself as"a community of values", with freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and prosperity and sustainable development as its key principles. Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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G7 should suspend US too Human rights, climate change, and economy? Should Trump be at the table?! Other nations often do attend but informally & are not members. Trump is a threat to all of humanity. Y’all about a big girl standing by her man ... Swap United States to Russia. We not working with 3rdGENazies

What happened at G20 2010? Is it the Russians?😘 It’s a face saving exercise by Trump, he wanted G11 to be anti China, obviously he can’t afford that anymore, he then use Putin as a reason of a rejection, so he still look tough. bunkerboy AmericaOrTrump Russia Should be in. Thank GOD it was rejected. We are so ashamed of our President. He only got elected because of Putin. He is slowly destroying our country and killing our people. He is a racist, a narcissist and only cares about himself. Please England. Pray 🙏 for us.

Putin excluded.... How much of this is about Russia and how much of this is about Trump? This had to be on the cards for me because whatever private relationship Trump and Mr Putin have I am sure will have a G8 caveat in the back ground. No they did not. Only one did: Trudeau. And a spokesman for Johnson said he would. One call from Trump would swing that too.

Trump getting punked. He dismantled US most reliable alliances. No this fool stands alone G7 will have Russia in the future. It will be G8. Nations will have to decide WHO they support. The swamp may run deep in the NWO. Now if they could only reject Trump! I just keep thinking, what do the Russians have on this guy? And the only answer I can come up with is money.

Yah, I was about to say we should try, but then Trudeau reminded me of Ukraine. We can't let that go yet. Sorry. It's still an issue. Then again Israel is about to annex The West Bank, but they're not in the G7 right? Ughhh, politics. Congo health ministry confirms at least 4 new Ebola Deaths in city

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Donald Trump postpones G7 summit and signals wider invitation listAfter Angela Merkel pulls out, US president postpones Camp David meeting but says he wants to invite Australia, Russia and India in future 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻 Covid Circumstances! Trump need Putin help again because of 2020 elections

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Invasion of mutant blood-sucking ticks hits RussiaIn one region of Siberia, Russia, there is reportedly 428 times more ticks (pictured in a container in a laboratory) than usual, reports from the Russian defence ministry's own newspaper suggest. Y'all mfers need to stop saying 'at least 2020 can't get any worse' 2020 needs to chill. Perhaps they escaped from UK parliament as we've had the bloodsucking bastards run this country far too long.

Invasion of mutant blood-sucking ticks hits RussiaIn one region of Siberia, Russia, there is reportedly 428 times more ticks (pictured in a container in a laboratory) than usual, reports from the Russian defence ministry's own newspaper suggest. We shall call them Putin we're gonna be living in a real life fallout76 before this year is over.