Trump can't change G7 format

Elias Hubbard
June 3, 2020

Russia was expelled from what was previously the G8 in 2014 after invading and seizing Crimea from Ukraine and declaring it part of Russian territory.

It comes after Trump suggested that the former member could return along with the new arrivals of Australia, India and South Korea.

The Prime Minister said India would be happy to work with the U.S. and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed summit.

He said: "Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of worldwide rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out".

In their telephonic conversation today, Trump again extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in the United States.

"Russia was removed from the G7 group of nations following its annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of changed behaviour which would justify its readmittance". "I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India", said Elliot Engel, chief of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. "But changing membership, or changing the format on a permanent basis, is not the prerogative of the G7 chair".

Mr Trump claimed last week that he offered to mediate between India and China.

"China has always maintained that worldwide institutions or summits should be conducive to enhancing mutual trust, safeguarding multilateralism, and promoting world peace", Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily media briefing in Beijing Tuesday.

In addition to Russia's 2014 expulsion, The UK has had more recent events tarnish Russia's relationship with the country. "It is unpopular to engage in small circles against China, and it is not in the interest of the relevant countries".

This initiative "should be discussed through diplomatic channels and our diplomats will maintain contacts to get additional information from American partners", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. "There are a lot of unclear elements about this proposal", he said.

Borrell said G7 members "sit together because they share values, interests and commitments", and he insisted that given the coronavirus pandemic "cooperation among like-minded partners is crucial even more in such hard times". "So it might be a G-10, G-11, and it could be after the election is over", Trump said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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