Reminding Russia About Its Lost Seat at the G7 Table

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

In addition, when asked about Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation should have been at the G7's latest meeting, Putin said that he was ready to host the summit in Moscow.

With the US the odd man out, there were serious doubts that a typical G-7 "communique" - a joint statement from the participants describing the progress achieved during the summit - could be issued.

And Trump frequently boasts of his country's nuclear capabilities, warning in April that Russian Federation should "get ready" for a USA missile strike on Syria.

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on global trade, an official who followed the talks said.

The US president accused other states of "robbing" his country through their trade policies. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump was rewarding a country that is "assaulting democratic institutions all over the world".

Trump and Putin are in an opposite situation.

"We should remind ourselves why the G8 became the G7, it was because Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea".

Prime Minister Theresa May meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in La Malbaie Canada
Prime Minister Theresa May meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in La Malbaie Canada

Notably, Vladimir Putin's personal frustration with the Group had been reported long before the 2014 suspension - the Russian President skipped the world leaders meeting in Camp David, the us presidential retreat near Washington, DC, in May 2012, and Putin's "loneliness" was a trending world headline during the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in", Trump said Saturday before he left the gathering to travel to Singapore. It's a chance for a group of allies to gather together and discuss their common interests and how they might act together to pursue them. "And if it's not fixed, then we're not going to deal with these countries". Trump injected further uncertainty recently when he floated the idea of replacing NAFTA with two separate trade deals, one with each country.

And since our allies are the ones with whom we have the most significant ties - economic, military, cultural - they're most often the ones who wind up being the target of his ire as he tries to isolate the United States from the world.

Putin was speaking at the end of the Shanghai grouping's annual meeting of leaders in the Chinese port city of Qingdao. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better".

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the US was responsible for the problem with tariffs. Donald Trump's style is to go it alone.

The last meeting between Trump and Putin was a brief exchange in Vietnam last November.

Nuclear power deals signed by the two leaders in Beijing - the biggest such cooperation agreements between the two countries that were reached after more than two years of negotiation - cover three projects including the Tianwan plant in Jiangsu and the Xudabao facility in Liaoning, state-run China National Nuclear Corporation said in a statement. "Everyone agreed, including President Trump".


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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