Trump: Russia should be in the G7 summit
House Committee: Russia has no place at summits &# 171; Big Seven&# 187;
US parliamentarians recall the annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s role in unleashing the war in Ukraine
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the US Congress on Wednesday approved a resolution not approving the inclusion of the Russian Federation in the future G7 summits until it “respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies.”.
The resolution, submitted to the committee by New Jersey Democratic Congressman Albio Cires in September this year, has since its inception been supported by more than 40 members of the House of Representatives who have become cosponsors of this document..
In the document, the congressmen remind that “in 2014 Russia illegally occupied the Ukrainian Crimea and part of eastern Ukraine”, which is “a direct violation of the fundamental principles of international law, as well as the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum”.
“In March 2014, the G8 suspended Russia’s participation in it, as a direct result of its actions in Ukraine, and instead continued to work as the G7 … Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to violate international law in Ukrainian Crimea and elsewhere and continues to undermine democracy and human rights both at home and abroad, ”the resolution says..
The document, which, after approval by the International Affairs Committee, must also be approved at a general meeting of the House of Representatives, directly refers to recent statements by US President Donald Trump regarding Russia’s participation in a representative international club:
Considering that President Donald Trump announced on August 26, 2019 that he intends to invite the Russian President to the G7 summit next year, the House of Representatives … condemns the Kremlin’s attacks on democracy around the world, including in the United States and others the G7 countries; reaffirms its full support for the removal of Russia from the G8; calls on all G7 leaders to oppose the re-acceptance of Russia until it ends its occupation of all sovereign territories of Ukraine, including Crimea, and stops its attacks on democracy around the world; and also … does not approve of Russia’s participation in future G7 summits until it respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies “.
Albio Sires, speaking on October 30 at a meeting of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “I introduced this resolution after the President expressed his desire to invite Putin to the G7 summit next year. I did this to confirm the long-standing opinion of Congress on this matter. Russia has not changed its course – it has become even more aggressive towards Ukraine and other countries, including the United States “.
Reporter for the Russian Service «Voices of America» in Moscow. Collaborates with «Voice of America» since 2012. For a long time he worked as a correspondent and presenter of programs in the Russian service of the BBC and «Radio Liberty». Specialization – international relations, politics and legislation, human rights.
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