European Union says Russian Federation should not be readmitted to G7 summit

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

It became clear to the White House late last week that convening an in-person G7 economic summit on U.S. soil would likely be impossible by the end of June, particularly with the addition of several other countries Trump said Saturday he wants to include in the meeting, people familiar with the matter told CNN.

He added he felt the group didn't "properly represents what's going on in the world". The US now holds the G-7 presidency of seven industrialised nations, whose other members are Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Canada and Italy. "We want Australia, we want India, we want South Korea", Trump told reporters after attending the launch of the SpaceX rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The EU is not a member of G7, but the Council and Commission chiefs are attending its summits as guests.

The proposed "G11" meeting might also be held after the presidential election, he said.

Moscow's involvement in the team, which made use of to be called the G8, was put on hold in 2014 after a political dilemma in Ukraine and Russia's reunification with Crimea, which various other participants classified an addition.

The US will hold the next G7 summit, which was initially scheduled to take place in June.

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Trump said Saturday that he will postpone the G-7 summit from June to September, around the time that the United Nations General Assembly meets.

Earlier, a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russian Federation to rejoin the group. "Russia was removed following its annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of its behavior that would justify its readmission".

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. Reports from Russian Federation said Moscow has shown its interest in accepting the invitation to attend the G7 meet. The White House later said the expanded summit would discuss the "future of China". "She will continue to monitor further developments of the pandemic". "On Friday, Trump ordered his administration to begin the process of ending the United States" special treatment for Hong Kong and to impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in a controversial new national security law on Hong Kong that would tighten its control over the semi-autonomous territory.

"The prerogative of the G-7 chair, in this case the USA, is to issue guest invitations and guest invitations reflect the host priorities", he said.

Merkel said earlier this week that China would be one of the priorities of the German presidency.

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