The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has opposed participation of the Russian Federation in the meeting of leaders “the Big seven”, the TV channel reported CTV News.
The next G7 summit was to be held in June in the US, but at the end of may, the American President Donald trump announced the decision to postpone it to September, and the intention to invite to the meeting another four countries – Russia, Australia, India and South Korea.
During a briefing June 1, Trudeau recalled that Russia was excluded from the “Big eight” after the invasion of Crimea. He stressed that Russia continues to disregard international rules and norms, “so it is not in the group and will continue to be out of it.”
1 June with criticism of the idea trump was made by the Prime Minister , Boris Johnson. In London said that the expected changes in Moscow’s policy, which can justify the return of the Russian Federation in the group.
The composition of the G7 includes the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany and the UK. The summits of leaders are held once a year alternately in each country. Trump this year is headed by the “Big seven”.
Russia participated in the summit of informal club of the most developed countries of the world since 1997. The G7 countries refused the format “Big eight” in March 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea.
In 2019, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of France Emmanuel macron said that a return to the format of “Big eight” and the normalization of relations between Russia and the EU depends on settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine.
Trump said that he intends to invite Putin to the next summit of the G7, despite the political consequences.