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Trudeau rejects Trump suggestion to readmit Russia to G7, citing Crimea invasion

Last Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 12:58 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Monday, June 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Russia is not welcome in the G7 any time soon.

Trudeau is flatly rejecting today a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump to readmit Russia, which was kicked out of the group of leading democratic countries after its invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

Trump was to host the G7 summit later this month but has postponed it to the fall because of the mass protests rocking the United States, and he has mused that he would like to see Russia, India, South Korea and Australia added to what he calls a “very outdated” group of countries.

Trudeau says Russia was kicked out of what was then the G8 after it invaded Ukraine’s eastern Crimea region in 2014.

He says Russia has remained a disruptive force in the world since then.

This isn’t the first time Trump has mused about bringing Russia back to the G7 — he made similar comments two years ago on the eve of a leaders’ summit that Trudeau hosted in Charlevoix, Que. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2020.


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