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Trump Says ‘Certainly Possible’ Putin Could Be Invited to G-7

  • Offer would allow Putin to attend summit as one-time guest
  • Putin expelled from G-7 but said he would consider attending
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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President Donald Trump says it’s “certainly possible” he’ll invite Vladimir Putin as a guest to next year’s Group of Seven summit in the U.S., setting up a flashpoint with fellow nations who ejected the Russian leader over annexation of Crimea.

Trump spoke in Biarritz, France, on Sunday as the day’s session of the G-7 was set to get underway. He has previously called to fully readmit Putin into what was once the G-8, while the bloc’s fellow nations have balked at readmitting Russia, which was kicked out of the group over its hostilities in Ukraine.