44th G7 summit

44th G7 summit
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Host countryCanada
Date8–9 June 2018
Participants Canada
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Japan
 United Kingdom
 United States
 European Union
Follows43rd G7 summit
Precedes45th G7 summit
Websiteg7.gc.ca/en/

The 44th G7 summit was held on 8–9 June 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.[1] This was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted the meetings.[2]

In March 2014, the Group of Seven (G7) — comprising leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8.[3] Since then, meetings have continued within the G7 process. On the first day of the summit, the United States announced that it would push for the reinstatement of Russia. Italy also requested a restoration of the G8 shortly after.[4][5] President Trump also pushed for other countries to recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and stated that Ukraine was "one of the most corrupt countries in the world" to G7 leaders.[6]

The summit received much attention due to a significant decline of relations of members with the United States.[7] As a result, the summit was dubbed the "G6+1" by France and some members of the media, signifying the "isolation of the United States" in light of recent events.[8][9][10]

Host

The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, was chosen as the host of the G7 summit,[11] in part due to its natural beauty and security. It is the first G7 summit to be hosted by Quebec since 1981.[11] La Malbaie, once a resort town that hosted American presidents, required US$465 million in preparations, including new high-speed internet service, new cellphone towers, and security fences.[12] Kelowna, British Columbia, was also considered as a potential host.[12]