Borrell speaks out against G7 readmitting Russia

The EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, rejected last Tuesday the US President Donald Trump idea to re-invite Russia to this year's G7 gathering hosted by the US, insisting the conditions had not been met, news wires reported. “The G7 cannot become G8 until Russia changes its course. This is currently not the case,” Borrell told reporters in Brussels, stressing that “cooperation amid like minded partners is crucial more than ever”.

“Changing the format of G7 is not the prerogative of the chair (of the meeting),” Borrell added in a swipe against Trump. The other six G7 members – France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan – remain sceptic about Russia's inclusion, which was excluded from the then G8 by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea. The EU is not a member of G7, but the Council and Commission chiefs are attending its summits as guests.

Britain and Canada have already spoken out against the idea of readmitting Russia. “We will look at the detail of what the US is proposing. It is customary for the country that holds the G7 presidency to invite other leaders to participate as guests in the summit,” a spokesman for UK PM Boris Johnson said on Monday.

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