US President Donald Trump has called for the rejoining of Russia to a leading group of industrialized nations prior to his visit to the upcoming G7 summit.
Trump said on Friday that Moscow should return to the Group of Seven industrialized nations, known as G7, as he prepared to fly to Canada to attend the three-day conference.
“This used to be the G8 because Russia was in it, and now Russia’s not in it,” he said outside the White House.
“Why are we having a meeting without Russia? I would recommend, and it is up to them, but Russia should be at the meeting,” Trump noted. “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”
Back in 2014, six western powers – the US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy – plus Japan decided to suspend Moscow from the G8 forum over the country’s alleged role in the Ukrainian conflict, especially Crimea’s reunification with Russia.