Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin pictured at a G20 summit in Japan. The US President has repeatedly pushed for Russia to be readmitted to the G7. Photo: AP
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin pictured at a G20 summit in Japan. The US President has repeatedly pushed for Russia to be readmitted to the G7. Photo: AP

How Donald Trump’s efforts to readmit Russia to G7 could backfire and drive Moscow closer to Beijing

  • US’s President’s olive branch was seen as effort to drive a wedge between China and Russia, but observers say it may prove counterproductive
  • Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule has seen relations with China warm and even the lure of seeing sanctions lifted may not be enough to reverse the trend

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin pictured at a G20 summit in Japan. The US President has repeatedly pushed for Russia to be readmitted to the G7. Photo: AP
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin pictured at a G20 summit in Japan. The US President has repeatedly pushed for Russia to be readmitted to the G7. Photo: AP
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