The G-7 is unlikely to become the G-8 again any time soon, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, a pivot away from former President Donald Trump’s position.
“I don’t think we’re making new invitations to Russia or reiterating new invitations to Russia,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday. “Obviously, an invitation would be done in partnership with our G-7 partners.”
President Biden participated in his first G-7 meeting as president virtually Friday morning before delivering his first address to world leaders via the Munich Security Conference, a gathering he’s spoken at in person many times before.
Russia had been a member of the G-8 group since 1997 until it was ejected in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea. Trump had lobbied Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom to readmit Russia during his administration, but he failed to convince them.