August 24-26, the G7 summit was held in the French city of Biarritz, and it was noted that a meeting of the Normandy Four on resolving the situation in Donbas could take place in the coming weeks, and so far the participants did not plan to return Russia to the G7. However, the past summit was remembered not only by the decisions taken but also by the behavior of the meeting participants, unexpected guests, and protests. But first things first.
In the city of Bayonne in southwestern France, a few kilometers from Biarritz, where the G7 summit took place, several hundred opponents of the G7, yellow vests and Basque separatists held a protest rally on August 24, during which police used tear gas.
It is noted that the protesters walked along the streets and shouted slogans against globalism and capitalism. Clashes between protesters and law enforcement officers began in the evening. French police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. 68 protesters were arrested, of which 38 were detained.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Ukraine’s support and called for continued reform.
Later, the G7 leaders decided the Normandy Four meeting with the participation of the leaders of Ukraine, France, Russia, and Germany on the settlement of the situation in Donbas could take place in the coming weeks.
And US President Donald Trump said that former US leader Barack Obama could stop the annexation of Crimea by Russia, but did not do that. He adds that Crimea is a "very large and very important" territory. According to him, Russia holds its powerful submarines there.
Russia in the G7
US President Donald Trump came into conflict with his colleagues from the G7 because of his demand to return Russia to this community. It was noted that Trump during a dinner with other leaders of the G7 countries insisted that Vladimir Putin should be invited back to the club of leaders of the richest countries.
However, of all the heads of state, only Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte offered Trump support. Shinzo Abe from Japan remained neutral. The rest - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, EU Council President Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron - strongly opposed Trump's proposal for Russia.
Most world leaders insisted that the G7 should be a community of liberal democracies, and Putin should not be allowed to become a member of this club again. However, Trump argued that on issues such as Iran, Syria and North Korea, it makes sense to invite Russia.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that Russia could be invited to participate in the next G7 summit. However, it can only be present as a guest. And director of the Biden Analytical Center, former US Under Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter, advises US President Donald Trump to invite Ukraine to the next G-7 summit.
Surprise for Trump
August 25, at one of the G7 meetings, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif appeared.
Donald Trump was not warned that Zarif would arrive in Biarritz, and his presence was a surprise to the American leader.
Later, the head of the White House announced a good chance of meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani himself noted that the United States needs to lift sanctions from Iran before starting negotiations with President Donald Trump.
In 2015, Iran entered into an agreement with the United States and leading countries to abandon the development of nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions, in particular, the ban on international oil trade.
On May 8, 2018, Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and renew sanctions against Iran. Iran called the US withdrawal from the nuclear program "illegal."
Kisses and informal photos
US President Donald Trump greeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a kiss. This happened during a general photoshoot of the G7 participants with the guests of the summit.
Then, President of France Donald Trump was kissed by the wife of French President Brigitte Macron.
And later, US First Lady Melania Trump kissed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
President of Chile Sebastian Pinera with Emmanuel Macron.
Interesting shots were with the participation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump.