Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

The Russian president was speaking in Qingdao, China, where he was attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, reported the Guardian.

President Donald Trump headed into the Group of Seven summit in Canada at odds with allies over USA trade penalties.

Such tumultuous trade policy has grown into a major irritant in relations with allies, including Canada and France, which had earlier been ready to go a long mile to build rapport with the maverick United States president (Forbes.ru, June 8).

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

It was not helped by two of President's Trump's communications when he left the meeting. "As soon as he is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule".

By ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The last meeting between Trump and Putin was a brief exchange in Vietnam last November.

But both nations have touted their nuclear supremacy.

Despite tensions in the US-Russia relationship, Putin did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with Trump.

The annexation of Crimea, alleged USA election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14.

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Moscow was kicked out of the group, then the G-8, four years ago after it annexed Crimea. "We have always been clear that we should engage with Russian Federation".

"Any conversations about whether or not Russian Federation can come back round the table cannot take place until Russian Federation has changed its attitude".

"One risk is that others will take advantage of this apparent vacuum in American leadership and the lack of trans-Atlantic consensus and act in ways that will harm trans-Atlantic interests, whether it's Russian Federation in the Eurasia. or China in Asia", said Ian Lesser, of the German Marshall Fund.

The G7 ended in discord on Saturday when Trump clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and said he might hit the auto industry with tariffs.

He told Trump that Canadians "who stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands" do not take lightly the idea that the tariffs are for national security reasons. He said the Chinese president was the only state leader to have celebrated his birthday with him, with the pair sharing a drink and sausage.

When the prospect of such a meeting was recently floated in the media and by the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Jon Huntsman the usual suspects went into convulsions.

The president's move to reject the communique contradicted a statement from Trudeau earlier, in which the prime minister announced "we have released a joint communique by all seven countries".

Putin played up his bond with his "good friend" Xi in an interview with China's state broadcaster CGTN this week.

Trudeau addressed Trump by his first name off the top of their meeting and offered warm greetings.

The premier, however, said that Britain had registered its "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S.to apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminum imports" at the meeting. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One". In the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003, the USA was at odds with France and Germany, as the two European countries worked in opposition to the war. The party of free trade has entirely surrendered to Trump's doctrine of "America First".

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