US President Donald Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit that it’s “quite possible” to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the next meeting of the “group of seven”. Earlier, Mr. Trump proposed to restore the G8 format, returning Russia to it. France supported his idea, but Great Britain, Germany and Canada opposed it.
In 2020, a meeting of G7 leaders will be held in the United States. Donald Trump told reporters that he might invite Vladimir Putin as a guest, but he still doesn’t know for sure.
Leaders of the G7 countries discussed the issue of restoring the G8 format with the participation of Russia. What decision they made is unknown. The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, called for Russia to invite Ukraine to the G7 meeting.
The proposal of US President Donald Trump to return Russia to the club of superpowers provoked a tense situation at the G7 summit. Donald Trump insisted that the presence of Russia is necessary to discuss issues of Iran, North Korea and Syria. Most leaders insisted that the G7 remain a community of liberal democracies, and Russia currently does not meet this requirement.
In turn, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov noted that the Kremlin will consider the invitation, if it is received, and recalled Putin’s words about the possibility of resuming the G8 format.