Russia not welcome at G7, says Canada and UK

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Canada and the United Kingdom wouldn’t assist Russia’s return to the G7, proposed earlier by United States president Donald Trump.

The Group of Seven of the world’s main industrialized nations is presently comprised of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK. Five years in the past, Russia was excluded from the then-G8 over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea area.

On Saturday, Trump mentioned he would postpone the summit till September or later due to the coronavirus pandemic. He added he would search to develop the record of invitees to incorporate Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Australia mentioned it will welcome an official announcement.

“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 Justin Trudeau mentioned.

A spokesman for UK prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday mentioned that any push by Trump to readmit Russia to the G7 can be vetoed by the UK, except Russia “ceases aggressive and destabilising activity that threatens the safety of UK citizens and the collective security of our allies”. The authorities has earlier blamed Russia for the 2018 nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Salisbury, England.

On Monday, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, mentioned that  “president Putin is a supporter of dialogue in all directions”, however that earlier than responding, Moscow wanted to know what could be on the agenda of the proposed assembly and its format.

Decisions on G7 membership are topic to the unanimous backing of all members.