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Italy PM agrees with Trump that Russia should return to G8

Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy, is convinced that it is in everyone’s interest
20:30, 8 June 2018

Reuters

Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy, agrees with Donald Trump, the U.S. President, that Russia has to return to G8, as he wrote on Twitter.

“I agree with Donald Trump: Russia should return to G8. It is in everyone’s interest,” he wrote.

Earlier, Donald Trump stated that Russia has to return to G8. He said it for the journalists before leaving for the G7 Summit.

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It should be noted that Russia was included in the group of seven industrialized countries (G7) in 1997, turning it in G8. Due to the economic sitoation, the state was allowed to attend only the political meetings.

After Crimea was annexed in 2014, Russia was expelled from the group. The member states imposed sanctions.

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As we reported earlier, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said that NATO did not intend to isolate Russia, but to apply a double approach - deterrence against aggression and political dialogue. Stoltenberg stressed that the dialogue with Russia is not easy, that is why it is so important.

It should be noted that the summit of Defence Minister of NATO member states takes place in Brussels (Belgium) on June 7-8.

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On May 31, Russian – NATO Council had a meeting at the level of the Ambassadors in Brussels, where they discussed the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s military activities and upcoming training.

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