- 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.
- 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.
- 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.