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The EU opposes reintegrating Russia into the G7 because “it will be a sign of weakness”

August 22, 2019

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The European Union is against returning Russia to the G7 meetings, a forum from which it was set aside in 2014 for its role in the war in Ukraine, because it considers that the reasons that led to its expulsion are still “valid” and invite New to Moscow would be “a sign of weakness.”

“The EU continues to firmly believe that the reasons for the exclusion of Russia in 2014 from the then G8 are valid today. The EU will be against the idea of ​​inviting Russia back to the G7,” said a senior European official.

“An unconditional invitation to Russia in the context of the G7 meetings would be counterproductive, a sign of weakness,” the same source added.

Thus, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, thinks that this forum is “a community of democracies that respect the rule of law” and there are “other formats” such as the G20 that serve for representatives of the European club to discuss with leaders of countries that the block “respects” but do not share “the same values”.

The position of the EU contrasts, therefore, with the opinion expressed by the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who on Thursday extended a hand to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, assuring that “it is much more appropriate to have Russia inside of the G7 “.

Tusk will be the only representative of the community institutions at the G7 meeting that will take place this weekend in Biarritz (France) and to which the EU will go with the general objective of “driving the logic of an international order based on rules”, according to European sources.

As for the section that the G7 leaders will devote to the international scene, the community bloc believes that the focus will be on the situation with Iran and Russia, although other issues related to Libya or Venezuela will also be addressed.

On the economic level, the community bloc thinks that the debate will be marked by recent trade tensions, especially between China and the United States. “If we are going to talk about global growth, it is quite clear that trade will have to be addressed as well,” said community sources.

The EU, however, is confident that the G7 summit can be “useful” to “dissipate” to some extent the tension between the two powers and the economic risk involved. “We believe that the trade agenda between the EU and the United States can be a model,” they defend.