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Allies reject Russia’s return to G7

London: The UK and Canada have flayed Russia’s return to the G7, after US President Donald Trump expressed his desire for Moscow to join the group of world’s wealthiest nations.

The move comes shortly after Trump announced that he was postponing the “outdated” G7 leaders’ summit, and he would like to see countries, including India, Russia, Australia and South Korea added to the group.

According to the Kremlin, Trump in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin told the latter of his plan to invite him to the summit, the BBC reported. The White House confirmed the development.

Russia was expelled from the group of the world’s wealthiest nations in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine. Russia still holds the territory, and various G7 governments have rebuffed previous calls from Trump to re-admit Moscow.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Moscow continues to flout international law, so it should not be allowed to return to G7.

“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his news conference.

Also a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the group.

Unless Russia ceases its “aggressive and destabilizing activity”, the UK would not support the country’s readmission to the group, the BBC quoted Johnson’s spokesman as saying.

Trump’s move assumes significance as the United States angered the Kremlin last month by announcing its withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. Also, the National Security Agency openly accused Russia recently of computer hacking around the world.

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