Boris Johnson assures Ukrainian president of opposing Russia's return to G7

Daniel Fowler
August 22, 2019

It would be the first G7 summit to end without a communique.

France desperately wants to avoid a repetition of last year's G-7 in Canada, which was left in disarray when Trump agreed to a joint statement on trade only to withdraw from it while flying to Asia.

Trump and other leaders of the Group of Seven nations will meet Saturday for three days in the southwestern French resort town of Biarritz.

The G7 annual summit will bring together leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

According to a senior U.S. administration official cited by CNN, Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a telephone conversation on Tuesday and agreed that the Russian president should be invited to the G7 summit in 2020.

Macron called efforts to produce a joint communiqué as "pointless" exercise.

The G-7 meeting will come at a tricky time for Mr Macron's relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is due to leave office in 2021 but who the French president wanted to cultivate as an ally in reforming Europe.

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That gathering aims to boost worldwide ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris agreement on climate change.

The difficulty in forging a common agreement at the annual summit has become hard. Leaders will also discuss ways to combat inequalities in the world, fight terrorism, encourage digital development and help Africa's Sahel region, which is threatened by extremists. The U.S. has thrown the worldwide trade landscape into disarray by taking on the Chinese economy alone, shaking up the North American Free Trade Agreement and threatening to implement tariffs on European and Canadian goods, among others. "And in recent times you read the communiqués only to detect disagreements".

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"Our global partners support this position", Zelenko emphasized.

Many fear, however, that world leaders won't be able to make key decisions on climate, economic injustice or other concerns.

Trump made the remarks Tuesday ahead of the 45th G7 summit in France this week. He blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the move labeling him "dishonest and weak".

The Canada summit demonstrated the fissures between the US and its traditional allies.

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