The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Offbeat Trump again calls for readmitting Russia to G7, blames Obama for Crimea's annexation

23:15  09 june  2018
23:15  09 june  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Tensions Rise In Sea Between Ukraine And Russia

  Tensions Rise In Sea Between Ukraine And Russia The Sea of Azov, which is technically shared by Ukraine and Russia under a 2003 agreement, has become a point of increased tension in recent months.“The security service said: ‘Watch closely, the Russians are preparing countermeasures. They are planning seizures and hijackings of Ukrainian ships,’” a Ukrainian shipowner told Radio Free Europe in a video published on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his call for Russia to be readmitted into the G 7 and blamed his predecessor for Russia ' s aggression in Crimea .

Tagged: calls , g 7 , Readmitted , russia , trump . WASHINGTON — President Trump called on the world’ s leading economies on Friday to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations four years after it was cast out for annexing Crimea , once again putting him at odds with America’ s leading allies in

LA MALBAIE , QC - JUNE 09: US President Donald Trump leaves after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) © Leon Neal/Getty Images North America/Getty Images LA MALBAIE , QC - JUNE 09: US President Donald Trump leaves after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his call for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 and blamed his predecessor for Russia's aggression in Crimea.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in," Trump said during an impromptu press conference at the summit. "I think it would be good for the world. I think it would be good for Russia. I think it would be good the United States. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7. I think the G8 would be better."

Trump at G-7 floats end to all tariffs, threatens major penalties for countries that don’t agree

  Trump at G-7 floats end to all tariffs, threatens major penalties for countries that don’t agree “We’re the piggy bank that everybody is robbing,” Trump said. “And that ends.” Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington PostThe U.S. leader said his dealings with others leaders were cordial, and he repeatedly blamed past U.S. leaders for the current trade imbalance rather than other nations he said were savvy to take a good deal when they found one.Trump repeated his view that Russia should be readmitted despite its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea four years ago.

Donald Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G 7 club of world leaders, opening up a new rift with US allies who swiftly by arguing that it was time to readmit Moscow to the summits, four year after its suspension for its intervention in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea .

Theresa May clashes with Donald Trump by rejecting his call for Russia to be readmitted to G 7 . Russia rejoins G 7 Natalia annexes the rest of Ukraine Russia gets kicked out of G 7 again . Reminder that most people in Crimea preferred annexation into Russia according to polls done by

Russia was suspended from the group -- then known as the G8 -- in 2014 after the majority of member countries allied against its annexation of Crimea. It was the first violation of a European country's borders since World War II.

Trump suggested that Russia be allowed back into the global group despite their continued occupation of Crimea.

"I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely," Trump said. He also blamed former US President Barack Obama for Russia's move into that nation.

"You'll have to ask Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away," he said when asked about the annexation. "He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude."

Trump's advocacy for Russia's readmittance to the powerful group of industrialized nations -- which he first voiced on Friday -- comes despite consistent opposition from European allies.

Trump calls CNN 'fake news' after reporter asks him question at G-7

  Trump calls CNN 'fake news' after reporter asks him question at G-7 President Trump slammed CNN as "fake news" after a reporter with the news organization asked him a question during a press briefing at the Group of Seven summit. After the reporter asked Trump a question about tensions between him and other leaders at the G7 summit, the president asked what network he was from."Who are you with out of curiosity?" Trump asked the reporter, who replied that he was fr om CNN."I figured," Trump said. "Fake News CNN. The worst."Trump then began to say that he "could tell by the question," before clarifying that he did not previously know the reporter's affiliation."I have no idea you're with CNN," he said.

President Donald Trump ’ s call Friday for Russia to Russia was suspended from the G-8 in March 2014 a week after Russia ’ s annexation of Crimea Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined in the pile-on of criticism saying, “ readmitting Russia to the G 7 would reward Vladimir Putin for actions

Russia was booted from the then-G8 in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea , which world leaders condemned as “illegal.” “To do so violates the principles upon which the international system is built.” Trump ’ s call for Russia to be readmitted to the G 7 came amid increasing tensions between the U. S

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference Friday that there was consensus that Russia should not return to the G7.

"We agree that a return by Russia to the G7 format cannot happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine. That was the common view," she said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Friday that "there are no grounds whatsoever for bringing Russia, with its current behavior, back into the G7."

"We (have) always been clear we should engage with Russia where it is in our interests, but we need to remember why G8 became the G7, it was because Russia illegally annexed Crimea," a European diplomat said Friday. "Since then we have seen an increase in Russian misbehavior and attempts to undermine democracy in Europe. It is not appropriate for Russia to rejoin until we see it behaving responsibly. Putin should get nothing for free."

Susan Rice slams Trump for "disgraceful" Russia comments at G7

  Susan Rice slams Trump for Rice says the U.S. finds itself in a "very dangerous moment" in light of Trump's comments of welcoming back Russia to the G7Russia was expelled from the then-G8 in 2014 as punishment for its aggression.

Russia was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Trump said it should be readmitted , an idea that was unlikely to gain any traction at the G 7 gathering, which groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Donald Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G 7 club of world leaders, opening up a new rift with US allies who swiftly contradicted him at a contentious summit in Quebec. Barack Obama . Barbie.

This sentiment was echoed by a senior United Kingdom government source.

"The PM has always said we should engage with Russia but beware. We should remind ourselves why the G8 became the G7 -- it was after Russia illegally annexed Crimea," the source said. "Before any conversations can take place about Russia rejoining, it needs to change its approach."

Lawmakers in the United States have also condemned Trump's comments, which some have taken as the latest example of the US President's failure to condemn Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.

"The President has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a scathing statement Friday.

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement, "Putin is not our friend and he is not the President's buddy. He is a thug using Soviet-style aggression to wage a shadow war against America, and our leaders should act like it."

Former Vice President Joe Biden denounced Trump's remarks, writing on Twitter, "Putin's Russia invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents abroad. Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. It makes no sense."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that Trump was turning US foreign policy "into an international joke, doing lasting damage to our country."

CNN's Allie Malloy, Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott and Spencer Feingold contributed to this report.

Trump says it's 'possible' he'll meet with Putin this summer .
<p>President Donald Trump says "it's possible" he'll meet with Russian President Vladimir this summer.</p>And he again made the case that Russia should be allowed to re-join the Group of Seven industrialized nations during in an impromptu interview and gaggle on the White House driveway.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!