Why Russia Is Not a G7 Member Anymore

The Group of 7 major economies will convene in the Bavarian Alps this weekend, but there will be one notable absence: Russia, which for years has no longer been a member of the powerful alliance.

The G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. These economies dominate global trade, and Russia was a member of the “G8” until 2014—but was expelled from the group in response to its annexation of Crimea, part of Ukraine.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said that he planned to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit scheduled for June 10–12, 2020, at Camp David in the U.S., drawing the ire of the United Kingdom and Canada, who said that they would not support Moscow’s readmission.

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