- Trump says he would like to invite Vladimir Putin to the next meeting of G7 world leaders.
- Russia was banned from the club of countries in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea.
- Other G7 countries have recently expressed their opposition to President Putin’s participation in meetings.
- However, on Monday Trump said, “I would definitely invite him to the meeting. “
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Donald Trump has said he would like to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the next meeting of G7 world leaders, despite opposition to Russia’s participation of other members, including the UK and Canada.
Speaking on Monday, President Trump said he was inclined to hold the G7 meeting, which the United States is expected to host and which was delayed from June due to the coronavirus pandemic, after the election presidential election in November.
When asked if he would invite Putin, Trump replied, in comments reported by Reuters: “I don’t know but we have invited a number of people to the meeting. I would certainly invite him to the meeting. ”
The G7 includes Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States. The group used to invite Putin to meetings under the name “G8”, but Russia was expelled in 2014 after annexing Ukraine’s region of Crimea.
A June 1 White House press release said Trump and Putin discussed “progress towards convening the G7″ but did not provide further details.
In July, Germany rejected a new suggestion from Trump that Russia should be invited to the G7 when it is convened.
Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister, said last month that there was no prospect of re-admitting Russia until it resolved the situation in Crimea and eastern l ‘Ukraine.
“The reason for excluding Russia was the annexation of Crimea and the intervention in eastern Ukraine,” he said.
“Until we have a solution there, I don’t see any chance for that. ”
France, the United Kingdom and Canada have also expressed their opposition to Russia’s return to the G7.
Trump did not say when the next G7 meeting would take place, but said he hoped it would take place in a “calmer atmosphere” after the November presidential election. He said he would also like to invite Australia, South Korea and India.
“I’m much more inclined to do it sometime after the election,” he said at a White House press conference.
Trump is following Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the polls to win the presidential election, but he would remain in office until the end of his full term in January next year if he loses.