Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Donald Trump Floats Inviting Vladimir Putin To Next G7 Summit, Despite Strong Objections From EU

President Donald Trump attends the first working session of the 2019 G7 summit.

President Donald Trump suggested Sunday that he is open to inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to next year’s Group of Seven (G7) summit, The Hill reports.

Russia was removed from the international intergovernmental economic organization in 2014 after its unlawful annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and other members have long objected inviting the country back into the international body.

President Trump, however, appears to be open to the possibility. Asked about the prospect of inviting Putin to next year’s G7 summit, the president revealed that he had discussed the idea with other leaders.

“We did discuss it. We had a very good discussion on Russia and President Putin, and a lively discussion, but, really, a good one,” Trump said, adding that it is “certainly possible” he invites Putin.

“And it’s certainly possible. It’s certainly possible. We’ll see,” the commander-in-chief said.

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Donald Trump Floats Inviting Vladimir Putin To Next G7 Summit, Despite Strong Objections From EU