The presence of Russia in the G7 requires common sense, said US President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Fox radio, the American leader was asked what Russian President Vladimir Putin did to gain his trust and return to the club of the leading countries of the world.
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Trump said that the G7 format is outdated and does not personify what is happening in the world. And so as not to think that he wrote off the words from Moscow, he suggested expanding it not only to Russia but also to Australia, India, and South Korea.
“Well, he helped us with the oil industry, which is good for him, too, and we raised it and now can save millions of jobs in Texas, North Dakota, and other places in Oklahoma. Now the production is stable there. They (oil prices – Ed.) Went down to zero, it would have cost five million jobs. But in general, it is not a question of what he did. It is a matter of common sense, “Trump said.
According to him, in G7 half of the questions are devoted to Russia.
“If he was there, it would be much easier to solve them,” Trump said.
He recalled that Russia was already a member of the G8 under Barack Obama, but other countries abandoned this format due to the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
“Obama was cleaned cleanly, his pockets were cleaned. Putin did something he shouldn’t do, apparently because he didn’t respect Obama, and the US said: we don’t want to be here, Putin should be there,” Trump said.
We are sitting there and wasting time because, in order to end the job, someone has to call Putin on various issues. So I say: it is necessary that he be in the hall.
US President Donald Trump during a briefing in the rose garden near the White House
He emphasized once again that the point is not whether Russia deserves it or not, but in common sense.
At the end of last week, the American leader announced that he was postponing the G-7 meeting to September and wants to invite four additional countries there – Russia, India, Australia, and South Korea. According to Alyssa Fara, White House Director of Strategic Communications, the summit in such an expanded format will allow discussing the “future of China.”
The G8 format existed from 1998 to 2014 but was reduced to G7 when, due to events around the Crimea, club members refused to go to the next summit in Sochi, and gathered without Russia in Brussels. The West accused Russia of interfering in the affairs of Ukraine and imposed sanctions against it. Moscow responded with a food embargo, headed for import substitution, and repeatedly stated that talking to it in the language of sanctions was counterproductive. Recently in the West, opinions are increasingly voiced about the need to lift anti-Russian sanctions.