"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 G7.
"I think the G8 would be better. I think having Russia 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 Washington just before flying to Canada -- received short shrift from European members of the G7, including Britain, France and Germany on the first day of the summit.
Russia was shown the door from what was then the G8 after its annexation of Crimea in 2014, widely condemned as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty.
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