Trump suggests Russian Federation should be invited back to the G-7

Cheryl Sanders
August 21, 2019

Just days before heading to the G-7 Summit in France, President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his support for allowing Russian Federation to rejoin the group of the world's advanced economies.

It was not the first time Trump has floated the idea of Russian Federation getting back together with the G7, which groups the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Italy and Canada.

Leaders of the G7 canceled a planned G8 meeting in 2014 over the tension in Ukraine, kicking Moscow out of the bloc.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who served as Obama's vice president, sharply criticized Trump's suggestion, saying Moscow had done nothing to deserve an invitation to rejoin the group.

Trump added, "I could certainly see it being the G8 again". And a lot of the time we talk about, we talk about Russia, Russia - because I've been to numerous G7 meetings, ' the sitting USA president revealed.

Although he is not considered a specialist on Russia, Sullivan did lead an American delegation in mid-July for security talks in Geneva, where the U.S. side expressed "concerns about Russia's development and deployment of non-strategic nuclear weapons".

He is due to host the next G7 meeting in the United States next year.

The next G7 summit will be held in France on August 24-26, 2019.

'Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7, ' Peskov said via state media outlet Sputnik, using the informal organization's group's current name.

But Trump suggested Tuesday that Obama wanted Putin out because he had been "outsmarted" by Putin.

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