EU agreed time not right for G7 to readmit Russia - Merkel

Return of Russia to G7 cannot happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of problems with Ukraine – Merkel

Representatives of European Union countries at the G7 meeting in Quebec agreed that the conditions to readmit Russian Federation to the group of advanced economies were not yet met, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday.

The description attached by Merkel's office is a totally unsatisfying one.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, has ended in disarray with Trump refusing to endorse the joint statement from the G7 leaders and threatening further tariffs against other nations.

The summit comes in as major Western industrialized economies conflicted with the USA on Washington's unilateral trade policies.

Return of Russia to G7 cannot happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of problems with Ukraine – Merkel
Merkel has linked the return of Russia in the G8 with the situation in Ukraine

The European members of the G7 are agreed that Russian Federation can not be readmitted into the club until there is an improvement in the crisis in Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and finance secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging them to shield European companies operating in Iran from Washington's new sanctions.

The picture, taken on Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Mrs Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Mr Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring.

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