Trump says "possible" to meet with Putin in summer

Russia should be back in G7 as ‘we spend 25% of time’ talking about it anyway – Trump

Adam Scotti Prime Minister's Office Handout via Reuters

The US President Donald trump said that the G7 leaders during a summit in Canada, 25% of the time spent on the discussion of Russian Federation. "What can you tell us about that?" Trump said. "It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

Earlier this year, the USA military said in a new national defense strategy that countering Russian Federation would be a priority.

President Donald Trump on Friday said it was former President Barack Obama's fault that Russian Federation invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then the Group of 8 (G8) in 2014 over its military seizure of Crimea and backing of armed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"Senior officials at the State Department have acknowledged that a meeting between the two leaders could, in theory, help resolve long-standing differences on Ukraine, Syria, cybersecurity issues and interference in foreign elections". The paper reported that, during a June 5 visit to Vienna, Putin asked Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to host a meeting with Trump.

"I may have had a much different attitude", Trump said.

The 44th annual summit was held between the seven G7 member states - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the representatives of the European Union - on June 8-9, 2018.

Although Putin has been delegitimized as a member of the global order for ongoing violations of several countries' territorial integrity, Trump does not recognize the current political situation. President Obama, not Trump. "President Obama lost Crimea". "President Obama gave away - now President Obama by not going across the red line in the sand that he drew - I went across it with the 59 missile hits". "One more time, President Obama gave away Crimea".

Trump made similar comments regarding Obama and Crimea at the recent G7 summit in Canada, where he called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group.

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