World Kremlin perplexed by Trump's invitation to an extended G7 summit
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The Kremlin was perplexed by the invitation of US President Donald Trump to an extended G7 summit. "We do not know the details of this proposal, not even whether it is an official proposal," said President Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday. Moscow has heard nothing from Washington since Trump's announcement at the weekend to postpone the summit due to the corona pandemic until autumn and to ask Russia and other states not to do anything.
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President Vladimir Putin is "for dialogue, but in order to respond to such an initiative, we need more information, and we don't have it," added Peskow. Russia is waiting for information about the agenda and the field of participants.
Trump had canceled the meeting originally planned for June on Saturday and announced that he would invite Russia to the new date because the G7 was a "very outdated" format. A summit in the format of the group of seven leading industrialized countries (G7) does not correctly reflect "what is happening in the world," Trump said on board Air Force One to journalists: "It is a very outdated group of countries." Therefore, he also wants to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit.
Trump called the new format he planned "G10 or G11". He had already "roughly" discussed his idea with the heads of state and government of the four new states, he added. The meeting could take place in September or only after the US presidential election in November, said the head of state. Trump hopes to be re-elected in the US presidential election in early November.
The G7 belong to the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and Japan. Because of the annexation of Crimea by Moscow in 2014, the G8 format no longer exists with Russia. Trump had stressed several times that he supported Russia's return to the summit.
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