Trump Calls for the Return of Russia to the G7 With the Support of Italy

The Canadian summit shows a growing fracture between the US and its allies

Trump Calls for the Return of Russia to the G7 With the Support of ItalyThe fracture between the great powers of the G7 worsened this Friday at the start of the summit of leaders in Canada. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, broke ranks with the group to demand the reincorporation of Russia, which was expelled in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine for the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

In his plea he was supported by the prime minister Italian, Giuseppe Conte, recently appointed to the post by a populist and pro-Russian coalition. This new front adds to a commercial war between the US and its supposed allies that has tensed the meeting before starting.

What happened on the eve and the first day of the summit reflects that the turbulences are not specific, but constitute a deep crisis of the so-called western bloc propelled by the isolationist turn of Washington. On Thursday, Trump had already launched strong public criticisms of the presidents of France and Canada on account of the tariff war and this Friday, first thing, just before taking the plane to the meeting, launched the bomb.

“I am Russia’s worst nightmare,” Trump stressed to the press, to shake off the Kremlin-like image, “but, having said that, Russia should be in this meeting.” “Why do we have a meeting without Russia? Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, we have to manage global issues, “he added.

Then he climbed Air Force One towards La Malbaie, a small town in the Quebec region of Charlevoix that has become a fortress to isolate itself from demonstrations and protests these days, although this time the real fire is inside the halls . The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, frontally rejected the return of the Kremlin to the club, accused Trump of wanting to “change the international order” and admitted that this would be the “most difficult summit in years”.

The G7, formed by the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and Italy, is a kind of club of rich countries that share a global vision of the world and meet every so often to set principles of political and economic performance .

At the end of each of these summits they usually issue a communique in which these common values ​​are reaffirmed and the discrepancies between them are usually read between the lines, in anonymous declarations or speeches full of nuances. With Donald Trump, the dynamics of this club have changed in the background and in the forms.

Support for Moscow is the last front. “Let’s leave the G7 as it is now. Seven is a lucky number, at least in our culture, “Tusk said. France and the United Kingdom also spoke against. Only the new Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who is premiering at the meeting, agreed with the president of the United States.

Conte, supported by the Italian Government for the League and the 5-Star Movement (M5S), two parties of opposite extremes united in populism and the rejection of immigration, has also defended the withdrawal of sanctions against Russia.

The Italian position reflects that this summit of the G7 may not simply be that of the G6 + 1, as colloquially is being called, and because one can not speak of a united block of six against Trump. The board is more complex than that.

In 2014, when the G8 broke away from the Kremlin and became the G7 again, the US president was in love with the multilaterism as Barack Obama, the leader of Italy was Matthew Renzi, of the Democratic Party, and the United Kingdom still formed part of the EU.

Russia has not always been part of these meetings. Its incorporation as a full member of the G8 took place at a summit in Canada in 2002. Since 1997, Russia has attended meetings as a partner under the G7 + 1 format.

The issue of Russia was not formally addressed at the day’s meetings, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland. The discussions scheduled for these two days revolve around a broad agenda, which includes gender equality, economic growth, security or climate change, but commercial tensions get all the attention.

The sparks jumped a few days ago due to the tariffs of up to 25% on steel and aluminum promoted by Trump for Canada and the EU – which in turn announced reprisals – but the distance is wider and deeper. Tusk said it this way: “What worries me most is that the international order based on rules is being attacked. And what is quite surprising, not because of the usual suspects, but because of its main architect and guarantor, the United States. “

End of romance with Macron

The New Yorker will leave Quebec before the end of the summit, on his way to his meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Nobody expects a joint statement from the G7 this time, it is too much that separates them and very little margin for diplomatic euphemisms in the era of Donald Trump.

His Administration has broken the nuclear pact with Iran, which with much effort and years of debate signed in 2015 France, Germany, United Kingdom Russia, China, United Kingdom, under the auspice of Obama, and a year ago that the agreement of Paris against global warming.

French President Emmanuel Macron hardened his tone against the American on Thursday and confirmed the ephemeral nature of their romance. “Maybe the president of the United States does not mind being isolated, but the rest of us do not mind signing an agreement of six countries,” he said. In addition, he was challenging in economic matters, despite the fact that the United States is the world’s largest power, warning that the market of the remaining six countries is larger.

Again, the idea of ​​the block, that which the allies need to prop up. In the afternoon, they saw each other and the atmosphere calmed down. “Dialogue again and again, exchanging, trying to convince, tirelessly to defend the interests of the French and all those who believe in a world we can build together,” wrote Macron in his Twitter account.

The Kremlin responded to Trump’s words about a return of the G8 that Russia is “focused on other formats, apart from the G7”. In fact, while the leaders were arriving in Canada, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, was in China at another summit and received the medal of friendship from Xi Jinping.


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The president of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived in Canada later than anticipated, reason why he had to apply his meeting with Emmanuel Macron, until the afternoon. By then, the atmosphere seemed more relaxed. Trump stressed that he continues to have a very good relationship with the French president and pointed out that there are open ways for an agreement on trade, right now the hottest issue with the allies.

“The US has had a very large trade deficit with the EU for many years and we are working to solve it, Emmanuel is being very helpful, something will happen,” he said. He also met with the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and addressed the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA or Nafta, in its acronym in English).

Trump will also march ahead of what his first travel program indicated, getting off the day dedicated to the weather. For a global warming skeptic like Trump, that is not an essential item on the agenda.

Quebec will head directly to Singapore, where next Tuesday is scheduled to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Yong-un, with the aim of reaching a denuclearization agreement of the Asian regime that would be a monumental success for the US president. That historic appointment represents one of the few elements that attracts the support of its theoretical allies.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived in Canada later than expected and had a brief meeting with Emmanuel Macron. And he will also leave before what his first travel program indicated, getting off the day dedicated to the weather. For a global warming skeptic like Trump, that is not an essential item on the agenda.

Quebec will head directly to Singapore, where next Tuesday is scheduled to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Yong-un, with the aim of reaching a denuclearization agreement of the Asian regime that would be a monumental success for the US president. That historic appointment represents one of the few elements that attracts the support of its theoretical allies.

The positions of the American about trade also generate criticism within the US, of companies and analysts, and his frequent winks at Moscow, an old rival, arouse misgivings in the political class, especially in full investigation of the so-called Russian plot, about the interference of the Kremlin in the presidential elections of 2016 to favor its victory and the possible connivance of its environment with this plan.


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