According to Biden, Trump had information about “Russian rewards to the Taliban,” but he still invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to the United States to attend the G7 summit. Trump not only failed to impose sanctions against Russia “for this flagrant violation of international law”, but also continued the “campaign of worship and humiliation of Vladimir Putin”, Biden said at a meeting with voters (former vice president is Trump’s main rival in the upcoming presidential election state).
The White House says Trump has no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Taliban
According to NYT, the military received information on Russian payments from captured militants in Afghanistan. The publication also wrote that Trump knew about what had happened, but did not approve of any of the retaliatory steps, among which were both complaints through diplomatic channels and sanctions.
The White House said that Trump was not reported on anything like this. The US president himself called NYT material fake and custom-made. The Taliban denied the newspaper’s links to Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry described the article as a stuffing. The Russian Embassy in Washington called the charges in the article unsubstantiated, and also said that after the publication of this material, anonymous threats began to come to Russian diplomats.
France did not notice changes in Russia’s policy to participate in the G7 summit
The G8 format has existed since 1997. Russia was expelled from its composition after the annexation of Crimea in mid-March 2014. Now G7 includes the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Japan.
Trump proposed inviting Putin to the G7 summit at the end of May of this year. This is not the first time he has expressed this idea – he voiced it in August last year. Then the American president also blamed Obama for the collapse of the G8.