US President Donald trump has postponed the G7 summit for the fall. He proposes to hold a meeting in an expanded format-with the participation of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea.
“I’m postponing it (the summit. – Ed.), because I do not think that the G7 properly represents what is happening in the world. This is a very outdated group of countries, ” trump said on Saturday.
In addition to the United States, the” big seven ” includes Canada, Germany, France, great Britain, Italy and Japan.
White House Director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah said that trump wants to expand the G7 format to include members of the Five eyes intelligence Alliance (in addition to the United States, Canada, great Britain and Australia, it includes New Zealand) and countries severely affected by the coronavirus. At the summit, trump would like to discuss the future of China, Farah said.
The summit is due to take place in the US this year. It was scheduled for June. Because of the pandemic, the meeting was decided to be held online. On May 20, amid an improvement in the epidemic situation in the United States, trump said that the June summit could be held in person – this would be “a sign of normalization”. However, other G7 leaders have not confirmed their participation. Trump eventually announced that the meeting would not take place until September.
Russia was excluded from the G8 after the annexation of Crimea. In 2018, trump offered to return Vladimir Putin to the club. In August last year, the US President reiterated that Russia’s presence in the group is appropriate, and blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the collapse of the G8 format. After that, the US Congress passed a resolution against the re-establishment of the”big eight”.