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President Trump postpones the G7 conference



US President Donald Trump has just decided to postpone the summit of countries with leading economies (G7). The US leader also expressed frustration with the G7 member states.

The decision was announced by the US President Donald Trump to the press on Air Force One on May 30th
"The conference (G7) could take place in September, before or after the UN General Assembly."
Mr. Trump added.
"I feel that the G7 does not accurately represent what is happening in the world. It is a very outdated group of countries."
Mr. Trump said he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to attend the G7 Summit that will take place this fall.

It is not clear if President Trump wants to expand the G7 member list or just wants to invite more non-G7 leaders to attend the conference. Trump had previously offered to put Russia in the group because Moscow is of global strategic importance. 

 In 2014, Russia was removed from the group of G8 powers after the annexation of Crimea. Since then, the G8 has been changed to G7 with its current members Britain, Canada, Germany, USA, Japan, France and Italy.

The G7 summit was originally planned to be held on June 10th in the US, but was delayed due to the unpredictable situation of the COVID-19 epidemic and worldwide restrictions on travels.

Last week, Mr. Trump announced it was time to host the live G7 conference. However, yesterday (May 30), it was reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined an invitation to the United States to attend this live conference.

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