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Tusk threatens retaliation if the US imposes tariffs on France and reiterates that Russia will not rejoin the G7

August 24, 2019


The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has begun the G7 summit held in the French city of Biarritz with a double reprimand to the United States, who has warned that he will encounter an EU reprisal if he decides impose tariffs on French wine, and Russia, which has ensured that it will not rejoin the group from which it was expelled for taking control of the Crimean peninsula, which the European bloc considers Ukrainian territory.

“Under no circumstances are we going to invite Russia back to the G7,” Tusk has settled in his initial press conference, which coincided just with the landing of the plane of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who this week defended the Russian president , Vladimir Putin, before regretting his absence at this summit as a former member of the then G8.

With regard to France, Tusk has denounced that Trump cannot use tariffs for political reasons after knowing that the US president could impose tariffs on French wine if France makes its proposal to tax with an additional tax (the 'GAFA rate) 'or' Google rate ') to US companies in their territory.

Similarly, Tusk has warned that “it will not facilitate” the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without prior agreement, in a message addressed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, also present at the summit. “I hope you don't want to go down in history as 'Don Without Agreement',” he said.

Tusk has described this summit – which will also address issues such as the environment, with the Amazon fire as the main theme, and the trade war between the United States and China – as “a difficult test of solidarity and unity after a difficult year “, in which the leaders of the most industrialized countries in the world have had difficulties in finding a common language.