Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020

World War 3: UK and Canada oppose Russia return to G7 | World | News

It comes after Trump suggested that the former member could return along with the new arrivals of Australia, India and South Korea. He suggested the new additions to form an anti-China bloc of global countries.

The UK and Canada have opposed the return of Vladimir Putin to the G7.

Russia was expelled from the group – previously known as the G8 – in 2014 in response to its annexation of Crimea.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference that the reasons Russia were expelled shouldn’t be ignored now.

He said: “Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out.”

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Earlier, a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the group.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said unless Russia ceases its “aggressive and destabilising activity”, the UK would not support the country’s readmission to the group.

The spokesman told reporters: “Decisions on G7 membership need to be made unanimously.

“Russia was removed from the G7 group of nations following its annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of changed behaviour which would justify its readmittance.”

In addition to Russia’s 2014 expulsion, The UK has had more recent events tarnish Russia’s relationship with the country.

The UK blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury in 2018.

Then-Prime Minister Theresa May said The G7 will take further action against Russia if it continues to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs.

Mrs May also said the EU would impose countermeasures after the US imposed tariffs on imported metal products.

Despite heavy opposition from his counterparts in the G7, Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested the former member should rejoin.

At a G7 summit in 2018, Mr Trump said he thought it “would be an asset to have Russia back in”.

After delaying this years summit due to ongoing concerns from coronavirus, Trump reissued the same statement.

He added he felt the group didn’t “properly represents what’s going on in the world”.

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