No Russia G7 Return Without Ukraine 'Progress' - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

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.

The leaders had been meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada over the weekend.

"We all agreed that the return of Russian Federation on the summits of the group of seven will not occur until substantial progress has been made in connection with the Ukrainian problem", she said.

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

Italy's new Prime Minister later echoed the call in a post on Twitter.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image:Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump’s hand after a firm handshake

The 28-member bloc - soon to lose the United Kingdom after the 2016 referendum to exit the European Union - managed to grapple with a financial meltdown and the biggest influx of refugees since World War II only with "great effort", Merkel said.

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

Macron also tweeted Saturday a photo of the other leaders and aides surrounding Trump, who was one of just two people sitting.

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

". Even before the Russian Federation remarks, Trump had effectively upended this year's G-7 summit by raising the prospect of refusing to sign on to a joint statement with other leaders asserting commonly shared principles and values".

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