US President Donald Trump at the summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in Biarritz quarreled with his colleagues from the G7, insisting on a return to the G8 format with the participation of Russia. The newspaper The Guardian reported.
According to its diplomatic sources, the incident occurred at the dinner of the leaders of the “seven.” As the newspaper notes, Trump during the event insisted that Russia should rejoin the G7, rejecting all the arguments of colleagues, most of whom opposed this initiative.
According to The Guardian, the outgoing Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte supported the American leader. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to remain neutral in this matter, the other leaders of the Group of Seven countries opposed the return to the G8 format, the newspaper writes.
According to one of the European diplomatic sources, after that “the situation began to heat up.” According to this source, most of the G7 leaders insisted that the Group of seven is “a family, a club, a community of liberal democracies,” and therefore they can not allow Russia to join the format, as Moscow, according to their statements, does not defend similar values. Trump rejected such arguments, saying that to discuss issues related to Iran, Syria and North Korea, the presence of Russia is necessary, the newspaper said.