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Russia? Trump and Lavrov on the G7/G8 question

"We are looking for peace in the whole world, and not playing games" -- Trump

Trump at the G7
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Reported in Lenta.ru

US President Donald Trump said that at the G7 summit in Canada some countries expressed their support for Russia’s return to the group. This was reported Saturday, June 9, by RIA Novosti.

[Tr note: Documentation for this is hard to find in the western press, though there is this tweet from the Giuseepe Conté, Prime Minister of Italy: 
“I agree with President Trump: Russia should re-enter the G8. It is in everyone’s interest”

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According to the American leader, the G8 format is more meaningful than the G7. “I think it would be good for the world, for Russia, for the US, for all G7 countries (…) “We are looking for peace in the whole world, and not playing games,” he explained.

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[A telling statement, and again, one not found in the western press, which is more interested in public rebukes of Trump’s position. –Tr.]

The owner of the White House added that the G-7 countries did not take this issue to the vote, but discussed it.

Earlier on June 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Moscow never asked to return to the G8 and was working just fine in other formats. “When it was decided that our Western G8 partners would no longer participate and they became the Group of Seven, we took it as their decision. And we are perfectly fine working in other formats – both in the SCO and in the BRICS, especially in the G20, where we share our approaches,” said Lavrov.
Lavrov added that he considers the G20 format to be the most promising.

The G8 format ceased to exist in 2014 after the Crimea joined Russia. Then the leaders of the world’s leading powers refused to participate in the G-8 summit, which Russia, as chairman, was to hold in Sochi. Instead, a G7 meeting took place in Brussels (France, Britain, the United States, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada). Head of the EU Council and the European Commission also take part in the summit.

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