US President Donald Trump called Russia’s foreign policy victories the reason for its exclusion from the G8.
The head of state ridiculed the call of former Vice President Joe Biden not to invite Moscow to the G7 summit after the publication of an article by the New York Times about alleged contacts between Russian intelligence and the Taliban.
“Russia beat him and Obama so big when they were in power that Obama wanted to remove them from the G8. The US was weak in everything, especially with Russia!” he tweeted.
At the end of May, US President Donald Trump suggested inviting Russia, India, Australia, and South Korea to the September G7 summit.
The format of the G8 existed from 1998 to 2014 but was reduced to the G7 when due to the events around the Crimea, the club members refused to go to the next summit in Sochi and gathered without Russia in Brussels. The West has accused Russia of interfering in Ukraine’s Affairs and imposed sanctions against it. Moscow responded with a food embargo, took a course on import substitution, and has repeatedly stated that it is counterproductive to talk to it in the language of sanctions. Recently, the West has increasingly voiced opinions about the need to lift anti-Russian restrictions.