President Donald Trump reiterated on Monday he would like to bring Russia back into the G7, but admitted that other leaders of the world’s biggest economies disagreed with him.
Trump said he told his counterparts it would be advantageous to readmit Russia to the group. “There are people that agree with me 100%, but there are some that don’t,” Trump said. “We did have a discussion about Russia,” he added.
Sitting next to him, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear her priority is to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukraine has been locked in a proxy war with Russia for five years, and the conflict has claimed around 13,000 lives in the country’s east. Western powers imposed sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014.
“I want the talks now between the Ukrainian President and the Russian President… I think we have to try and bring this forward in the next few months,” Merkel said when asked about Russia.
“It’s a big problem and we have enough problems in the world as it is, I think we ought to make progress on this one,” she added.