“I would certainly invite him (Putin. - RT ) to a meeting. I think he is a very important factor. We will invite leaders who are not members of the G7, some have already accepted invitations, ”he answered the relevant question at a briefing at the White House.

Trump clarified that the G7 meeting may take place after the US presidential election.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany opposes the return of Russia to the G7 summit until the situation with Crimea and Ukraine is resolved.

Later, the press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov commented on this statement.

According to him, Putin “never came up with any initiatives, appeals or any actions in order for Russia to join the work of the G7 again.