The presidents of the United States and France, Donald trump and Emmanuel macron in a telephone conversation discussed the possibility to invite Russia to participate in the next meeting “the Big seven” which will be held in 2020 in the United States. This was reported by CNN, citing a source in the White house. A Reuters source at the Elysee Palace confirmed the discussion of this issue.
During a telephone conversation discussed the forthcoming meeting of “Seven” in France, which starts Saturday. It is the Makron proposed to invite Russia to the meeting next year, and trump agreed, the source said. According to CNN, trump will raise the issue of the invitation to Putin during a meeting in Biarritz.
At the Elysee Palace, in turn, different interpretiruya the conversation. “We took into account that the Americans want to reintegrate” Russia “next year”. While in Paris clarify that the “Ukrainian question” remains key, but the present context “can be favorable for progress”, — quotes Reuters a source in the administration of the French President.
The source of RFI
Donald trump and Emmanuel macron during telephone talks on Tuesday, August 20, expressed a mutual desire to bring Russia back into the “Big eight” in 2020. This information RFI confirmed a diplomatic source from the environment of Emmanuel Macron. “Negotiations between Emmanuel Macron and Donald trump was scheduled in advance — just to discuss the content of the conversation in Breganzona,” — said the French source. He also said the RFI that “Emmanuel macron has supported the initiative made by Donald trump” inviting Russia to a summit next year. The return of Russia in the G8 will be discussed at the current summit “the Big seven” in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August, the source said, also stressing that the return condition remains the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
In June, trump said he’d support the restoration of the G8 format, in the case of receipt of similar offers. “I think it’s much more appropriate it would be to Russia was part of, it has to be the G8, because many of the things we say affect Russia”, — said the leader of the United States. Of the members of the “Seven” he was then supported only by the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte.
August 19 during a meeting of Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin at Fort Bregancon in the South of France, in response to the question about the desire to return to the G8, the Russian leader called “the eight” non-existent organization. “How can I go back to the organization which does not exist”, — Putin said.
The “big seven” — the international club of the largest democratic economies in the world, uniting the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan. In 1997 they were joined by Russia. In 2014 after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the club members decided to exclude Russia and to return to the format the seven.