June 27, 2018 / 8:06 PM / a year ago

Trump believes Russia should be part of global discussions - Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the State on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump believes that Russia should be part of discussions affecting global foreign policy issues, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday as Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to meet next month.

Pompeo told a Senate committee that Trump would emphasise during any meeting with Putin that Russian meddling in U.S. elections was unacceptable.

Asked whether Russia should be part of the G7 group of most industrialized nations, Pompeo said Trump should speak for himself, adding, “The president deeply believes that having Russia be part of these important geostrategic conversations is inevitable, and there’s a long history of that.”

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton

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