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A significant part of the discussions at the summit “the Big seven” in Canada was devoted to Russia, so it would be better to return to the format with the participation of Moscow. This was stated by the President of the United States Donald trump in an interview with Fox News channel.
According to the American leader, if the President of Russia Vladimir Putin was at the summit, he would ask him to do what’s best for the world. “We spent about 25% of our time talking about Russia. And I thought to myself, would not have been better, if they were here. I’m not for Russia. I am for US. Here is an example. If Vladimir Putin was sitting with me at the table along with all the other at dinner in Canada… if he was there, I’d ask him to make things better for the world and better for him,” said trump.
The US President was blamed for the exclusion of Russia from the G8 to its predecessor Barack Obama.
The desire to restore the G8 format trump announced on 8 June. Later, Vladimir Putin responded to the proposal. “With regard to the return of Russia in “seven”, “eight” — we from it did not come out. Colleagues at the time refused to come to Russia for known reasons. Please, we are happy all is there to see us in Moscow,” — said the Russian leader.
The G8 has ceased to exist in 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia. Then the leaders of major world powers has refused to participate in the summit that Russia, as chair, was held in Sochi. Instead, in Brussels, a meeting of “seven” — G7 (France, UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada). The summit is also attended by the representatives of the European Union (the presidents of the EU Council and the European Commission).
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