Trump arrives at G7 summit with appeal to readmit Russia

US President Donald Trump arrived in Canada’s Quebec City (flag pictured) for the G7 summit on Friday with an appeal to other members of the bloc to readmit Russia which was removed after its ‘annexation’ of Crimea in March 2014. But a spokesman for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said his country will continue to oppose any move on Russia’s reinstatement. Britain, Germany, France, Canada and Japan are also unlikely to change their position on Russia. But Italy’s new anti-establishment government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to support Trump’s call for Russia’s return to the group. Earlier, before leaving Washington, Trump said although it may be politically incorrect to re-admit Russia, the country should be at the bloc’s negotiating table. Russia’s ouster reduced G8 to G7 and it is time to restore the G8 status,Trump said, sending a signal to the rest of G7 members that he wants to reset the agenda. Moscow maintains that it did not annex Crimea and that Ukraine’s actions were responsible for the people of Crimea to choose their future and vote for its reunification with Russia.