European Union agreed time not right for Russia's G7 return, Merkel says


German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe needs to step up to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.

A photo shared on Angela Merkel's official Instagram page appears to hint at some of the billed tension at the G7 summit in Canada.

U.S. President Donald Trump called earlier on Friday for Russian Federation to be brought back into the global grouping.

"Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions", part of the German leader's caption stated in English.

Merkel also noted that now there is no possibility for Russian Federation to return to the G8 group, but said she supported talks with Russian Federation, saying dialogue is always important.

Merkel said there was a broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced.

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

The photo was tweeted by Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Merkel and Trump are also surrounded by other leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and national security adviser John Bolton.

Trump delivered a parting shot hours after he had left the meeting, tweeting that he had directed USA representative not to sign the joint communique that underscored trade rules after he was angered by remarks made at a news conference by Trudeau.

There was no namecheck for the United Kingdom prime minister when, before leaving Canada for his summit with Kim Jong Un, Mr Trump said his relationship with other G7 leaders was a "10".