Pompeo Doesn’t Rule Out Putin Invitation To Expanded G7 Summit
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has revealed that an invite to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the G7 summit was not out of the cards, despite intelligence indicating that Russia put bounties on the lives of US personnel in Afghanistan, according to Agence France-Press.
- Pompeo told reporters that the president “gets to decide if he wants him to come to a summit or not. That’s his decision.” He added:
“I’ll certainly leave that to him. But I do believe it is absolutely important that we have more frequent engagement with the Russians.”
- The Group of Seven was initially the Group of Eight industrial economies until Russia was forced out.
- Russia was kicked out of the summit after its takeover of Crimea in 2014. However, in the last month, President Trump publicly expressed interest in reinviting Russia.
- This, however, was before intelligence surfaced indicating that Russia offered bounties for American lives in Afghanistan to Taliban-linked militants.
- Pompeo stated he would not discuss the intelligence, but made a point to say that the US has taken the information seriously:
“When we see credible information that suggests that the Russians are putting American lives at risk, we’re responding in a way that is serious.”