Trump Wants Russia Back in G7 Summit - Here's Russia's Response

US trade tariffs are economic sanctions in disguise says Putin

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After years in which Russia's wealthy were invited to base themselves in London without questions being asked about how they made their money, the Home Office is reviewing visas.

But a spokesman for the host of this year's summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Canada remains opposed to re-admitting Russian Federation.

Other G-7 leaders may also choose to be less confrontational with Trump. "But with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

Speaking on background, Canadian officials said Ottawa's position hasn't changed and they believe that Russia's illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea disqualifies Moscow from participation.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Trump was turning US foreign policy "into an worldwide joke".

But Kudlow was quick to downplay the rift between the president and USA allies.

Despite the current G7 turmoil, Tusk said more unites the group than divides it.

With concerted efforts, cooperation between China and Russian Federation in various areas has maintained a strong momentum, and the integration of mutual interests has deepened constantly, Xi said.

On Thursday, Macron berated Trump for imposing unilateral tariffs on imported steel and aluminium rather than go through worldwide arbitration, and for walking out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran. "For the past 18 years, he has played an active role in promoting China-Russia ties", Wang Lijiu, an expert of Russian studies at the China Institutes of contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times.

That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging USA customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.

The prospects of Russian Federation being readmitted to the G-7 are dim.

The suggestion further isolates the president.

Trump's first meeting at the summer resort on St Lawrence river is with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, followed by sessions with the full summit, and then a bilateral with the host, Justin Trudeau, in the early evening.

Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region, Trump is not expected to stay until the end.

Trump was the last G7 leader to arrive Friday and on Saturday, he will probably be the first to leave, in a hurry to move on to his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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