President Trump plans to invite Russia to the G-7 for the first time since they were kicked out in 2014. The G-7 will be held in the United States this year.
According to The Hill:
President Trump on Wednesday defended his plans to invite Russia to the Group of Seven (G-7) summit this year despite its expulsion from the group in 2014, arguing that it’s “common sense” to do so.
The president was asked on Brian Kilmeade‘s Fox News Radio show whether Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved to be readmitted to the group of world leaders.
“It’s not a question of what he’s done, it’s a question of common sense,” Trump said. “We have a G-7, he’s not there. Half of the meeting is devoted to Russia and he’s not there.”
The president cited Putin’s cooperation with the recent oil crisis when the industry was in dire straits due to the coronavirus pandemic, though he acknowledged it also benefited Russia. Trump also reasoned that it would be easier to negotiate a new nuclear pact if Putin were in the room.
Trump has announced that the G-7 will be postponed until the fall due to the pandemic but that he plans to invite non-member countries Australia, India, Russia, and South Korea to the event.