International Relations Prelims cum Mains

Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 bloc

The News

  • Donald Trump made a shock call for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 as he headed for a showdown with America’s closest allies at a G7 summit set to be dominated by a roiling trade dispute.

 

Reaction of the other G7 members and Russia to the Trump’s idea

  • European members of the G7 unanimously oppose US President Donald Trump’s call for Russia to be readmitted into the club.
  • The Russian government also appeared to snub Trump’s idea.

 

Note: Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russia, although his administration’s policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow.

 

Trump’s policies deteriorating Trans- Atlantic relations

  • In response to Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, European countries are now planning to respond with measures of their own that could spiral into a trade war
  • Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord.
  • Trump decertified the Iran Nuclear deal. The Iran nuclear deal was a major step towards ensuring the Iran’s nuclear program is not diverted for military purpose.
  • Now Trump’s call for Russian re-entry into G7.

 

About G7 group

  • The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • The European Union is also represented within the G7 but it cannot host or chair summits.
  • These countries are the seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary Fund.
  • G7 countries represent more than 64% of the net global wealth.
  • Common denominator among members is the economy and long-term political motives.

 

Background

  • Originally G7 was G6, with Six member countries, i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • The summit became Group of Seven or G7 in 1976 with the addition of Canada.
  • Russia was added to the political forum from 1997, which then became known as the G8.
  • Now, this Group of 8 recently became G7 after the suspension of Russia from the group on accounts of Russia’s Role in the Crimean Crisis.

 

 

Addition Information:

Crimean Crisis

  • The Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014.
  • International Community was against this move, but Russia could not afford to miss Crimea since it’s the only gateway that opens to Europe and makes Russian access to Sea Route.

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