Tusk Says G7 Has More Reasons Than Ever To Keep Russia Out

In-Depth Coverage European Council President Donald Tusk has rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations. Tusk told a G7 summit in France on August 24 that there were now even more reasons than before for keeping Moscow out. Russia was kicked out of the grouping, previously known as the G8, in 2014 after it illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and then backed pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people since April 2014. "One year ago, in Canada, President Trump suggested reinviting Russia to G7, stating openly that Crimea’s annexation by Russia was partially justified. And that we should accept this fact," Tusk said at the G7 meeting on August 24. "Under no condition can we agree with this logic," said Tusk, who represents the European Union’s 28 member states. Earlier this week Germany, France, and Britain also rejected the idea of inviting Russia back into the G7. Tusk said on August 24 that the reasons for Moscow’s ejection from the G7 remain valid. He told the summit in the French resort area of Biarritz that there were new reasons since 2014 for its continued exclusion, including "the Russian provocation on the Azov Sea," a reference to Russia’s illegal seizure of Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors in international waters off the coast of Crimea. "Second: when Russia was invited to G7 for the first time, it was believed that it would […]

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