Josep Borrell, Europe’s international coverage chief has rejected the thought floated by the US President Donald Trump to re-invite Russia to this yr’s G7 assembly, citing that cooperation amongst “like-minded” companions is essential at these occasions.
“The G7 cannot become G8 until Russia changes its course. This is currently not the case,” Borrell stated on Tuesday, including that “changing the format of G7 is not the prerogative of the chair.”
The Group of Seven of the world’s main industrialised international locations is at present comprised of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US, with the latter additionally internet hosting this yr’s summit.
Over the weekend, Trump proposed extending the invitation to the G7 summit to Russia, Australia, South Korea and India. He additionally introduced the postponement of the summit scheduled to be held on 10-12 June via videoconference, for September, because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,” Trump stated on Saturday.
UK and Canada have already spoken out towards Russia’s return to the group, with Justin Trudeau holding a hardline stance towards the nation.
“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out,” Canada’s Prime Minister stated.
Russia joined the group in 1998, nonetheless it was expelled in 2014, beneath Barack Obama’s administration, over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea area.