The United States received positive feedback from the leaders of the G7 countries on the decision to hold an in-person summit. This was announced on Thursday by a spokeswoman for US President Kaylee McKinani,
According to her, the heads of state plan to gather in the White House in June.
On May 24, it became known that the United States, as the host country of the 2020 summit, decided to postpone this event from June 10 to the end of the month. National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump Robert O’Brien explained that a face-to-face meeting of the heads of state was made possible because the United States “is already near the peak of coronavirus incidence.” O’Brien also emphasized that all G7 leaders are interested in personal communication instead of video conferencing.
In March, Trump decided to cancel the June meeting of the G7 leaders at his residence in Camp David because of the coronavirus. Instead, he invited colleagues to chat via video.
Russia was part of the G8 before the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. After that, the leaders of the remaining G8 countries (France, Great Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) refused to come to the summit in Sochi, having met in Brussels without Moscow. It was also decided not to hold meetings in G8 format anymore.