Trump wants Russian Federation back in the G7, contradicting his own campaign

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2018

But the US President recommended Russian Federation be re-invited into the club, insisting Moscow should have a seat at the table. "We continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections".

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the United States withdrew from last month.

The call threatens to further strain what was shaping up to be a tough summit for the G7, whose members have also been clashing with the Trump administration over a looming trade war.

He said: "Naturally we cannot force the U.S. to change their minds".

Macron called on other G7 leaders not to water down a joint communique at the end of the summit, at the expense of shared values, simply in an effort to win Trump's signature, warning that a "G6 plus one" outcome was possible. "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", he tweeted.

Russian Federation has never turned its back on the G8 (now G7), Vladimir Putin said, speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

"If there are to be any conversations about Russia's future in relation to this particular group, they have to change their ways, they have to change the route that they are taking and the sort of activity they are involved in", Mrs May said.

While commenting on US President Donald Trump's suggestion to bring Russian Federation back to the G7, making it G8 once again, Lavrov said that Moscow "never asked to be allowed back".

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He said the possibility of a meeting between himself and Trump was discussed "from the very beginning, meaning after Mr. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States".

Russian Federation supports China's proposal for a "dual track" and "suspension-for-suspension" approach that calls for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile testing in exchange for a halt to joint military exercises between the US and South Korea.

A Kremlin spokesman said they were interested in "other formats", apart from the G7.

Other G-7 leaders may also choose to be less confrontational with Trump.

That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 7, 2018.

But all the leaders did endorse Mr. Trump's historic denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next week.

The French and Canadian leaders have each vowed to address the tariffs with Trump at the summit.

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