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France: Tusk cannot agree with Trump's 'logic' on Russia G7 re-invite

2 24.08.2019 Инфо

M/S European Council President, Donald Tusk arriving to press conference, Biarritz
M/S Journalist asking question
SOT, Donald Tusk, European Council President: "Four: the threat of nuclear proliferation. The rejection of the nuclear deal with Iran by the US hasn't brought about any positive result and the divisions in the western world when it comes to this issue play into the hands of the Iranian Ayatollahs, as well as Russia and China. G7 leaders should make one more effort to find common language on this".
W/S Tusk at podium
SOT, Donald Tusk, European Council President: "Five: Russia's policy towards its neighbours, especially its aggression against Ukraine. One year ago in Canada, President Trump suggested re-inviting Russia to the G7, stating openly that Crimea's annexation by Russia was partially justified and that we should accept this fact. Under no conditions can we agree on this logic."
C/U Journalist asking question
SOT, Donald Tusk, European Council President: "Also tomorrow in the margins of the summit, I will have a meeting with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He will be third British Conservative Prime Minister with whom I will discuss Brexit. The EU was always open to cooperation when David Cameron wanted to avoid Brexit, when Theresa May wanted to avoid a no deal Brexit and we'll also be ready now to hold serious talks now with Prime Minister Johnson. The one thing I will not cooperate on is no deal."
C/U Journalist asking question
SOT, Donald Tusk, European Council President: "Brazil and its president don't demonstrate strong will to fight fires in the rain forest, in Amazon, and of course it is not my intention to discourage the Brazilian president to act positively but I can understand this spontaneous and very natural reaction of the French president and I don't think he is alone here it's quite a common opinion among our citizens." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Tusk at podium
C/U Tusk leaves
M/S Tusk leaving press conference
SCRIPT
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that 'under no conditions' would he accept US President Donald Trump's proposition to re-invite Russia back into the G7, while speaking at the summit in Biarritz on Saturday.
"One year ago in Canada, President Trump suggested re-inviting Russia to G7, stating openly that Crimea's annexation by Russia was partially justified and that we should accept this fact," Tusk said. "Under no condition can we agree on this logic."
Russia was suspended from G8 meetings after its reunification with Crimea in 2014, with the remaining countries continuing to meet as the G7 ever since.
Trump said on Monday: "I think it's much more appropriate to have Russia in. It should be the G8, because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia. So I could certainly see it being the G8 again."
Tusk also discussed ongoing Brexit negotiations, nuclear proliferation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest.
The G7 summit is taking place in Biarritz on August 24-26 and gathers the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, alongside EU counterparts.