Trump says that Russian Federation should be reinstated as a G8 member

Marsha Scott
June 9, 2018

Trump's suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation was unlikely to gain any traction at the gathering of the group that includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. Russian Federation was formerly a member of the group, then known as G-8, but was suspended after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.

Under plans agreed by the UK, US, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan, there will be greater co-ordination to respond to threats including cyber attacks and other breaches of global rules.

Xi also spoke of the increased number of visits from Chinese to Russia and also of Russians to China.

Trump has repeatedly put himself at odds with practically the entire United States political and security establishment over Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election. On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and answering questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

In the days leading up to the summit, Trudeau and Macron have severely criticized Trump's new tariffs, which critics say threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leaders suggested the Austrian capital during a phone call as far back as March.

The issue of tariffs however may loom largest over Friday's talks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region.

Trump was the last G7 leader to arrive Friday and on Saturday, he will probably be the first to leave, in a hurry to move on to his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Peskov said the possibility of a Vienna summit was also raised this week during talks in the city between Putin and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has sought to present his country as a bridge between Russian Federation and the West. Putin has been referring to the USA president as "Donald" in public appearances and praising his acumen.

"We are pro-Italian, not pro-Russia", Di Maio told a radio interviewer, while stressing that Conte would make his own decisions when representing Italy on the world stage. He said the possibility of a meeting between himself and Trump was discussed "from the very beginning, meaning after Mr. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. I believe that the ball is in America's court". So far the prime minister has said only that Italy remains a committed member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a special ally of the U.S., and that he will push for a review of sanctions against Russian Federation.

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