Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

The White House announced his travel plans after French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled they would use the G7 event to take a stance against new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Mr. Trump arrived late to the summit Friday afternoon, postponing a scheduled meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who Mr. Trump has criticized.

Mrs May hopes to use the summit to avert a wider trade war, insisting she wants a "proportionate" response from the European Union to the "unjustified" United States tariffs.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country's president following the U.S. withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday.

They have "resolutely supported the other's core interests ... and jointly, proactively participated in worldwide affairs and global governance", the Chinese president said. "I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the United States court", the Russian president stressed.

Expelled from the club of rich nations in 2014 after it seized Crimea from Ukraine, Russia has tried to rebrand itself as an Asian power rather than a European one, abandoning visions once eagerly embraced by Putin of a common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

With a cool reception all but assured, Trump has complained to aides about even having to attend the meeting, especially since his summit with Kim is just days away.

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The last meeting between Trump and Putin was a brief exchange in Vietnam last November. The EU is also attending the summit. Independent counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the Russian Federation meddling, which Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt". The US move has prompted retaliation by some countries.

That means he will have left Canada by the time the other leaders begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of Washington's trade and diplomatic policies.

The premier, however, said that Britain had registered its "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S.to apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminum imports" at the meeting. However, Trump is still hopeful of a positive progress. "Maybe it doesn't bother the American president to be isolated, but it doesn't bother us to be six, if need be".

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team.

Critics argue that the growing USA isolation is risky at a time when Trump is making diplomatic overtures with North Korea and in the Middle East and could use the support of allies. He predicted it would inflict major damage to USA standing in the world. Trump probably had not meant to remind everyone of the reason for Moscow's expulsion; but his loose remark drew global attention back to the ongoing war in Donbas, whereas domestic attention in Russian Federation inevitably refocused on the costs and consequences of this deadlocked aggression (Rosbalt, June 8).

When the prospect of such a meeting was recently floated in the media and by the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Jon Huntsman the usual suspects went into convulsions.

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