Originally posted by @kazetnagorra
Did you mean this quote?
"Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?" - Donald J. Trump, 2017
Just as a reminder, Russia was kicked out of the G8 after annexing the Crimea. Re-admitting them would send the signal that the international community now accepts the Russian annexation of the Crimea.
Give Russia unearned readmission to the G7?
I think not. Rewarding bad behavior is just a step too Trumpian for me.
Though, perhaps if they:
- Admitted, apologized and ceased meddling in foreign elections.
- Admitted and apologized for using their exclusive brand of nerve agent to kill dissidents in England.
- Removed all of their troops from; Georgia, Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
I believe that those trifling measures might just get them back in. Then they could hold their heads high and honorably.
And, once again, be rewarded with membership into the prestigious and lucrative economic partnerships of the West.
I don't recommend holding one's breath till they do.