(L-R) EU Council President Donald Tusk,  Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a work session during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019.  Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

Before this year’s meeting of the G7, President Donald Trump said Russia should be readmitted to the gathering of advanced industrialized economies countries.
Russia is no doubt a world power, but it needs to correct and compensate for its actions abroad in recent years before it should be readmitted, write Luke Coffey and Alexis Mrachek of the Heritage Foundation.
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Days before this year’s meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) from August 24 to 26, President Donald Trump proposed that Russia be allowed to rejoin the group in 2020. Russia was once part of what was then the G8, and was kicked out after its invasion of Ukraine in 2014. The US should not support the idea of Russia rejoining the bloc until Russia meets certain conditions regarding its nefarious behavior.

International cooperation

The G7 consists of seven of the world’s advanced industrialized economies—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Combined, these seven countries account for 50% of global wealth.

They are also all democracies and close treaty allies. The group meets annually to discuss issues such as shared global security and economic matters.

In 2014, Russia was part of the group, the G8. Russia first joined in 1997. This was at a time when Boris Yeltsin was still in power and Western relations with Russia looked promising.

Since President Vladimir Putin ascended to power in 1999, relations with Russia have ebbed and flowed, but have generally been on a downward trajectory. Since 1999, Putin has done nothing to indicate that he would be a trustworthy partner to America. At almost every opportunity, he has pursued polices that undermine US national interests and the interests of America’s closest partners.

Putin cannot be trusted

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