Trump to invite Russian Federation and other non-member G7 countries to summit

Trump to invite Russian Federation and other non-member G7 countries to summit

US President Donald Trump has said that he will postpone this year's G7 summit.

Canada does not support Russia's return to the Group of Seven, proposed by US President Donald Trump over the weekend, because Moscow continues to flout worldwide law, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.

Justifying the cancelation of this month's meeting and his proposed new format, Trump said the current makeup of the group was "very outdated" and does not properly represent "what's going on in the world".

"Maybe I will do it after the election", he said.

"Participation at the G7 for the second year in a row will give Australia another significant opportunity to promote our interests during highly uncertain times in the global economy", a spokesman for the prime minister said. Trump has declared the US would withdraw from the World Health Organization, citing the group's alleged biased toward China. India, Australia and South Korea are seen as banding with G-7 countries to form an informal grouping of D-10 or 10 democratic countries. And what do we have? Heads of states of these countries meet annually on worldwide economic and monetary issues.

Russia was expelled from what was previously the G8 in 2014 after invading and seizing Crimea from Ukraine and declaring it part of Russian territory.

Alyssa Alexandra Farah, White House Director of Strategic Communications, said that this is bringing together "our traditional allies" to talk about how to deal with the future of China. This comes at a time when the USA and China are in a bruising war of words over a range of issues - from Hong Kong's autonomy to Taiwan, the origins of Covid-19 to the South China Sea tensions and trade issues.

However, China has rejected all USA allegations of a cover up regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement that she "cannot confirm" she would participate due to concerns over coronavirus helped cement the decision, those people said.

According to the Johns Hopkins University data, the Covid-19 has infected over 6 million people and claimed more than 369,000 lives worldwide.

The demonstrations are taking place against the ongoing U.S. coronavirus crisis: The United States is the worst-hit country for Covid-19 infections, recording more than 1.7 million cases and over 103,680 deaths.

As recently as the fall, the American president's original plan was to hold the G7 event at his struggling business near Miami's airport, which would have had the effect of forcing world leaders to indirectly put money in his pocket.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an global inter-governmental economic organization of the seven largest advanced economies of the world comprising the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Heads of States of these countries meet annually on worldwide economic and monetary issues.

But the sight of Mr Putin appearing in the United States - after the American intelligence community determined that Russian Federation interfered in the previous U.S. election to benefit Mr Trump - will inflame his critics and risk discomfiting some of his allies.

Reports suggest the call between Merkel and Trump on Thursday was stormy, ranging from German plans for the Nord Stream gas pipeline, to Hong Kong and the potential health risks of a face-to-face summit. He has also expressed his intention to invite four non-G7 countries to discuss China.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has been preparing to attend the summit in person, once the date is fixed.

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