Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Photo of Merkel and Trump captures G7 tensions

Photo of Merkel and Trump captures G7 tensions

West needs Russia's participation in solving global and regional crises, but can not let Moscow join the G7 group of nations without progress in the Minsk process on Ukrainian reconciliation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an ARD TV broadcast on Sunday.

"It was a common point of view", - said Merkel.

"I don't want us to keep inflating our language", she added, saying the word "depressed" was "already a lot, coming from me", in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance.

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The captions reads: "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

However, following Mr Trump's online outburst against Mr Trudeau, the French president issued a statement that "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

"I can imagine Russia's return". It puts Shinzo Abe in a difficult position - the Japanese premier has tried hard to cultivate a warm relationship with President Trump and the two are said to have met at least 10 times since he was elected to the White House.

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Meanwhile, Merkel brushed aside Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation should be re-admitted to the group of the world's leading economies.

Russian Federation ruled out of the Big eight in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas.

But Merkel said all the European Union leaders present at the summit - who include Conte - had agreed in discussions ahead of the full summit that this could not be on the agenda.

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"We are in agreement that a return of Russian Federation to the G7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine", Merkel told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing G7 summit in Canada.

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