European Council President Donald Tusk proposed to discuss Ukraine’s invitation to the next G-7 summit instead of Russia. He said this, speaking at a press conference before the summit of the “Big Seven” in Biarritz.
He recalled the proposal of President Donald Trump to return Russia to this informal Association. Tusk noted that trump openly called justified “the annexation of Crimea by Russia” and urged to recognize this fact.
“Under no circumstances can we agree with this logic <...> If we are talking about the re-invitation of Russia to this table, I will say that the reasons why the invitation of the Russian Federation was withdrawn in 2014, are still relevant,” Tusk said.
He noted that other things were added to the Crimea, such as “provocations of Russia in the Azov Sea.”
“Today I will try to convince my interlocutors that it is better to invite Ukraine as a guest to the next G7 summit,” said the head of the European Council.
According to CNN, the initiative to return Russia to the G7 was made by French President Emmanuel Macron during a telephone conversation with Trump. The American leader agreed with the arguments of his colleague and later proposed publicly.