Trump: Russia Should Be Part Of G7
US President Donald Trump says he wants Russia to be part of the G7 group of key industrialised nations.
Russia was expelled in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea, but Trump said he wanted the country readmitted.
The build-up to the meeting has seen major disagreements between the US president and other nations over his imposition of trade tariffs, report the BBC and CNN. Trump's statement is an extraordinary break from key US allies, and particularly striking given Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
There are also likely to be disagreements with Trump over Iran and climate change. Trump's comments underscore the growing divide between the US, under his administration, and Washington's closest allies.
The President's willingness to look the other way on Russia's annexation of Crimea – the first violation of a European country's borders since World War II – will particularly deepen the chill with allies such as the UK, France and Germany, which are already furious about US trade tariffs, and Trump's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
The G7 summit, which groups Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, is being held in the town of La Malbaie in Quebec, Canada.