Trump says Russia should be part of G7 summit
US President Donald Trump says he wants Russia to be part of the G7 group of key industrialized nations.
Russia was expelled in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea, but Donald Trump said he wanted the country readmitted. Reports BBC.
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 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 percent of global net worth, meet annually. Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues.
Donald 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. Canada though immediately said it remained opposed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in Beijing, where he was presented with a friendship medal by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.