Merkel: Russia can not return to G7 until progress made

Merkel: Russia can not return to G7 until progress made

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said she expected hard talks during the G7 summit in Canada later in the week.

U.S. President Donald Trump called earlier on Friday for Russian Federation to be brought back into the global grouping - Moscow was expelled in the wake of its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014.

The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that "the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over".

Many social media users began to share Merkel's, suggesting there's noticeable tension in the photo.

Subsequently, the new Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte supported the call trump on the return of Russian Federation to the G7.

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"Well, if they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump told reporters Saturday when asked about what might happen if those countries did not agree.

The two leaders met for talks on the margins of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada. But she also struck a more conciliatory tone at the summit, urging fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a possible trade war.

However, following Mr Trump's online outburst against Mr Trudeau, the French president issued a statement that "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

Some felt it was this power dynamic that Merkel's photo perfectly captured.

An official White House photograph from the summit shows Trump holding forth as Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan listen.

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