Russia did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin following statements by US President Donald J. Trump and newly-named Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that Russia should be allowed back into the group of the world's top industrialised nations four years after it was kicked out for having invaded and annexed parts of Ukraine.

“I believe it’s necessary to stop this creative babbling and shift to concrete issues related...

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