Kremlin: Trump tells Putin about idea for summit with Russia

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ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/Sputnik Kremlin Pool via Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on June 1.

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MOSCOW — U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 1 to tell him about his proposal to convene an international summit that would involve Russia, the Kremlin said.

On May 30, Trump said he will postpone until the fall a meeting of the G7 leading industrialized nations that had been planned for next month. He said he plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea and India to the postponed meeting. Trump told reporters he feels the current makeup of the group is “very outdated” and doesn’t properly represent “what’s going on in the world.”

The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Russia had been included in the gathering of the world’s most advanced economies since 1997 but was suspended in 2014 following its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

The Kremlin said Monday that Trump told Putin about his idea, but he didn’t offer any details of the discussion or indicate whether the Russian leader accepted the invitation.

The White House confirmed the call, saying Trump and Putin “discussed the latest efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and reopen global economies.”

“President Trump also reiterated the need for effective arms control,” the White House said, and added: “Additionally, the two leaders discussed progress toward convening the G7.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau disagreed with Trump, saying Monday that Russia will not be included in the G7. Trudeau noted Russia’s “continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms.”

The Kremlin also said Putin thanked Trump for a batch of U.S. ventilators sent to Russia and the two leaders talked about steps their countries have taken to combat the outbreak.

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