American allies push back on Trump's overture to Putin
President Donald Trump has proposed that Russia be readmitted to the G7 Summit and invited President Vladimir Putin this weekend to attend the group's summit in September. But on Monday, leaders of the U.K. and Canada expressed their vehement opposition to Putin rejoining the group.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to Politico, stressed that the U.K. would veto any effort to readmit Russia to the G7, adding that he wants to keep Russia out unless it “ceases aggressive and destabilizing activity that threatens the safety of U.K. citizens and the collective security of our allies.” And Johnson added, “We are yet to see evidence of changed behavior.”
The former G8 became the G7 after Russia was kicked out because of its 2014 annexation of Crimea. Then-President Barack Obama was in favor of the expulsion, but Trump has called for better U.S.-Russia relations and has had a friendlier relationship with Putin.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to Reuters, was also quite adamant when discussing his opposition to readmitting Russia to the G7.
“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago,” Trudeau asserted, “and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7. And it will continue to remain out.”
Readmitting Russia to the G7 would require a unanimous vote from its members, which included France, Germany, Italy, and Japan in addition to the U.S., the U.K., and Canada.