Global Economy

Russia may rejoin to make grouping G-8 at 2020 Summit in USA

Biarritz (France): US President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that several members of the Group of Seven (G-7) are interested in inviting Russia back to the grouping in what was G-8. Moscow has been absent over past five years due to tensions over Crimea.

Russia may rejoin to make group G-8 at 2020 Summit in USA in what would be music to India’s ears given Delhi’s equally deep ties with Moscow. India has always hoped for better ties between West and Russia as Delhi as important stakes in both Moscow as well as in Western capitals. India-Russia strategic partnership covers all possible aspects from defence to nuclear to space sectors and new areas are being focused including Arctic and Indo-Pacific region.

“I think that’s a work in progress. We have a number of people that would like to see Russia back. I think it would be — I think it would be advantageous to many things in the world. I think it would be positive. Other people agree with me. And it’s something that we’re discussing”, Trump told reporters on Sunday when asked whether other G7 members would encourage Russia to join the bloc again.

Trump did not name who specifically agreed with him on inviting Russia back to the G7 group and who disagreed. While Italy and Japan have been keen for Russia’s reentry to make it G-8, Canada remain opposed to the idea. French President has invited his Russian counterpart ahead of G-7 Summit as Paris as part of Confidence Building Measures.

The US president said he had a “lively” discussion on Saturday with other members of the G-7 group on the possibility of inviting Russia back to the group.

Trump had reportedly agreed on 20 August to French President Emmanuel Macron‘s proposal to invite Russia to the 2020 G7 summit in the United States. Trump also said that Russia should return to what used to be G-8.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that his country saw any form of dialogue with G-7 nations as useful.

The G-8 format had been in place from 1998-2014 but was then reduced to the G7 due to disagreements with Russia over Crimea.


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