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Europeans unanimously oppose Russia G7 return: France

AFP  |  La Malbaie (Canada) 

European members of the unanimously oppose US Donald Trump's call for to be readmitted into the club, French Emmanuel Macron's office said today.

Macron, German Angela Merkel, British and new Italian agreed on a common stance on during talks together on the sidelines of the summit, which is taking place in

"The common European position is against the return of Russia," one told reporters, although the leaders did leave open "the possibility of establishing dialogue" with

Conte, who is attending his first summit, had earlier indicated that he was in favour of Trump's proposal to welcome back into an organization from which it was frozen out after annexing Crimea in 2014.

May -- whose government has accused Russia of being behind the of a former in Britain earlier this year -- said that the had to be convinced that had changed. "We have always been clear that we should engage with Russia. The phrase I've used is engage but beware," she told Britain's

"Let's remember why the became the G7. And before discussions could begin on any of this, we would have to ensure Russia is amending its ways and taking a different route.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 23:20 IST
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