The president of the United States, Donald Trump, says he wants Russia to rejoin the G7 group of key industrialized nations.
Russia was expelled in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea, but Trump said he wanted to reinstate the country.
But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European nations agreed that it was not yet time to allow Russia to return.
Russia is just one of the differences at the summit, with Mr. Trump and other G7 nations that disagree on several issues, especially trade.
Another attendee, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, warned that Trump’s stance on trade, climate change, and Iran was a real danger.
“What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based international order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor: the US,” he said.
The G7 summit, which groups Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany, is being held in the town of La Malbaie in Quebec, Canada.
The leaders of the nations, which are more than 60% of global net worth, meet annually. Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues.
What did Mr. Trump say about Russia?
Mr. Trump said I regretted the meeting had shrunk in size.
“You know, whether you like it or – and it may not be politically correct – but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in,” he said.
He found support in the form of the recently installed Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who tweeted that it was “in the interest of all” for Russia to be readmitted.
But later, the German Angela Merkel said that all the EU members there, including Mr. Conte, agreed that Russia could not be readmitted unless there was “progress” in Ukraine. Canada also says that it is still the opposite.
Meanwhile, a Kremlin spokesman said they were interested in “other formats” in addition to the G7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in Beijing, where he received a friendship medal from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
Fellow members of what was then the G8 suspended Russia after taking control of Crimea from Ukraine. The tensions remain, partly due to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom.