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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Trump wants Russia back in G7 summit

BBC
Trump wants Russia back in G7 summit
Riot police look on during an anti-G7 demonstration in Quebec City, Quebec on Thursday on the eve of the leaders' summit. AFP photo

US President Donald Trump says he wants Russia to be part of the G7 group of key industrialised nations, reports BBC.

Russia was expelled in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea, but Mr Trump said he wanted the country readmitted.

The build-up to the meeting has seen major disagreements between the US president and other nations over his imposition of trade tariffs. There are also likely to be disagreements with Mr Trump over Iran and climate change.

The G7 summit, which groups Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, is being held in the town of La Malbaie in Quebec, Canada.  The leaders of the nations, which represent more than 60% of global net worth, meet annually. Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues. Mr Trump said he regretted the meeting had shrunk in size, putting him at odds with most other G7 members on yet another issue.

"You know, whether you like it or - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in," he said.

He found support in the shape of the newly installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who tweeted that it was "in the interests of everyone" for Russia to be readmitted. But Canada and the UK immediately said they remained opposed.

Fellow members of what was then the G8 suspended Russia after it took control of Crimea, saying it would remain until Russia "changes course".  Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in Beijing, where he was presented with a friendship medal by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

It was mainly France and Canada v Donald Trump, sparked by Mr Trump's imposition of steel and aluminium tariffs.

Appearing alongside host leader Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron said: "A trade war doesn't spare anyone. It will start first of all to hurt US workers."  For his part Mr Trudeau described Mr Trump's citing of national security to defend his steel and aluminium tariffs as "laughable".

 

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