US President Donald Trump at a summit in Biarritz quarreled with G7 leaders over his proposal to return Russia to the G7. This was reported by The Guardian.
The idea of the American leader was supported only by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remained neutral. Strongly opposed – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron.
According to the newspaper, after Trump’s proposal, “the situation began to heat up, to say the least.” The US president justified the return of Russia to the G7 by the fact that its presence is needed to discuss issues such as Iran, Syria and the DPRK.
Most leaders insisted that the G7 remain a family, a club, a community of liberal democracies, and therefore they told Trump that he could not allow Putin to return, which does not correspond to this.
interlocutor of The Guardian
Journalists said that after dinner, a group photo of all the G7 leaders was planned, but the event was canceled without explaining the reason. A photograph was later taken, but in an expanded format with invited leaders from other countries.
Until 2014, G7 was called the G8, but in 2014, after a referendum on the annexation of Crimea, Russia’s membership in the group was suspended and the event format was changed to the G7.