European members of the G7 unanimously opposed US President Donald Trump’s call for Russia to be readmitted into the club. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said today that Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and new Italian premier Giuseppe Conte agreed on a common stance on Russia during talks together on the sidelines of the G7 summit, which is taking place in Canada.
Conte, who is attending his first summit, had earlier indicated that he was in favour of Trump’s proposal to welcome Russia back into an organization.
Donald Tusk, the former Polish leader attending as president of the European Council, saw the call for Russia’s return as part of a raft of unilateral measures imposed by Trump that have driven ashington apart from US allies.
Moscow was expelled from the rich nations club, which sees itself as a guarantor of rules-based order and the global economy, over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.