Trudeau says Russian Federation won’t be included in the G7

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

Russia's president Vladimir Putin on Monday announced that, the country will on July 1, hold a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that could extend his rule until 2036.

The pandemic situation throughout the country remains stable, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Monday at an online meeting of the coronavirus response coordinating council.

Kremlin said in a statement, "Trump informed Putin about his idea of holding a G7 summit with the possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea".

The Kremlin said that Putin and Trump spoke of the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in space and also talked about the need to intensify a U.S.

According to the prime minister, 19 out of Russia's 85 regions have begun to phase out quarantine restrictions, while another 25 regions are planning to do so. Its spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Russian Federation needs more information before deciding whether to accept Trump's proposal.

Though representatives of non-G7 members have attended the group's summits before, Mr Putin's presence could prove contentious.

Trump told reporters on May 30 that the current membership of the G7 - the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, Japan, Italy, and France - was "outdated" and doesn't properly represent "what's going on in the world".

Trudeau said countries in the larger Group of 20 don't always agree but that the G7 is for like minded countries and he hopes that continues.

Asked about Trump's G7 invitation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the intention of "forming a small coterie targeting China" doesn't help the win popular support or fit into certain countries' interest.

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