Unlike Trump, US NATO Ambassador Doesn't Think Russia Should Rejoin the G7
When it comes to Russia and the G7, U.S ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson seems to disagree with her boss.
Last week President Donald Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7, saying âI think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.â But speaking at Fortuneâs MPW International Summit in London on Tuesday, Hutchinson said, âI donât think we ought to go back to business as usual with Russia.â
She noted that Russia was suspended from the group when it invaded Crimea and that relations shouldnât return to normal âuntil they change their behavior in some way that shows they might want to be part of a rules-based concept in the world.â
Hutchinson also discussed Russia as a threat, saying that it was attempting to divide the NATO alliance through activities such as cyber wa rfare. âWe are fighting back to say we are united, and we are going to stand for our democratic rules,â she said. âBut Russia is probing where we are weak.â
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Hutchinson said that the tensions coming out of the G7 meeting have not impacted her relationships with her fellow ambassadors.
âThe ambassadors are very professional, and even if theyâre in disagreement with our president, we all get along,â she said. She said they try to stay focused on the âsecurity umbrella that we areââ"what she described as the âgreatest military alliance in the history of the world.â The nations might be in disagreement on trad e and the Iran agreement, but âwe are united on our security issues.â
She told the audience that on Monday she walked over to the Canadian ambassador, who is one of her best friends, and âjust hugged her and said weâre going to get through this.â
Hutchinson noted that Tuesday was âa big dayâ in regards to the agreement signed by Trump and Kim Jong Un: âThe agreement that was signed today acknowledges by both sides that they want a Korea, the whole peninsula, to be nuclear free.â
Hutchinson explained that there still has to be a negotiation over the details of how denuclearization is actually accomplished, but that it was a âmajor step and the farthest weâve ever gone with North Korea.â
When asked about Trumpâs diplomatic tactics, she said, âWe could all agree that heâs unpredic table, and you donât know what his strategy is. Sometimes it comes out, and sometimes youâre not sure.âSource: Google News Russia | Netizen 24 Russia