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Russian Federation can not return to G7 until progress made, - Merkel

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire | Alain Jocard  AFP via Getty Images French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire | Alain Jocard AFP via Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 07:46

Speaking on the sidelines of the summit, Merkel also said it was too soon to say whether leaders would issue a common communique, adding that if they failed to do so it would be an honest acknowledgement that no agreement had been reached.

She added that with Trump's "unpredictable" leadership and the USA turn toward isolationism, the European Union needs to hone its response to a raft of issues in an environment in which global institutions need to be "newly proven".

Another image of the same gathering however suggests a more relaxed interaction, with Mrs Merkel smiling and Mr Trump making eye contact.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, has ended in disarray with Trump refusing to endorse the joint statement from the G7 leaders and threatening further tariffs against other nations.

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She points to demands by Trump for Europe to pay more for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, his exit from the Paris climate agreement, conflicts over trade and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month.

Mrs Merkel's March 2017 visit to the White House was marked by Mr Trump either not hearing or ignoring her offer to shake hands in the Oval Office.

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