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Trump says would be 'positive' to return Russia to G8

AFP  |  La Malbaie (Canada) 

US made a fresh call today for to be readmitted to the despite meeting widespread opposition to his proposal from fellow leaders in

"I think it would be an asset to have back in," told reporters shortly before flying out of the ongoing summit.

"I think it would be good for Russia, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current

"I think the would be better. I think having back in would be a positive thing. We're looking for peace in the world. We're not looking to play games."

Trump's proposal for Russia to be brought back into the fold -- which he made in just before flying to -- received short shrift from European members of the G7, including Britain, and on the first day of the summit.

Russia was shown the door from what was then the after its annexation of Crimea in 2014, widely condemned as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty.

Despite Trump's comments, Russian said today that was perfectly happy working with the larger and had "never asked anyone to return" to the

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 21:00 IST