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G7 Leaders Agree On Trade, Russia Sanctions, Split On Climate Change


French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May (left to right) at the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26.

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading global economies have vowed to fight against trade protectionism and expressed a readiness to impose further sanctions on Russia, but they failed to settle a disagreement with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change.

A final communique issued on May 27 after a two-day summit in the resort town of Taormina, Sicily, said Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan reaffirmed their “strong commitment” to the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

However, the United States “is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and, thus, is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics," it added.

Trump, who has previously threatened to pull out of the Paris accord, announced in a tweet that he will make his final decision on the matter next week.

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