Merkel faces 1st query time in German parliament

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no possibility to return Russian Federation to the "Big eight" although tensions with the United States.

The group of Western powers meets in Canada on Friday and Saturday amid growing tensions between the US and its allies after Washington announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement, and slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on its traditional partners.

The Trump administration also slapped steel and aluminium tariffs on its traditional partners.

Berlin, Jun 6 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today she expected "contentious discussions" at a G7 summit this week, given differences with US President Donald Trump on trade, climate and security.

The chancellor said she would go into the June 8-9 summit "with goodwill" and pledged to preserve the trade and climate conclusions agreed at last year's G7 and G20 summits, amid growing global tensions following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

"I will of course try to speak to the USA president about the current problems that we have overall, in particular on Iran and on trade tariffs", Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

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Merkel vowed to enter the talks "in good faith" but stressed that there must be "no compromise for its own sake" and that a final statement by the host Canada, rather than a joint communique, "may be the more honest way".

Mrs Merkel was asked by MPs from the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, and hard-left Left Party whether it would not make sense to talk more with Russian Federation.

Asked by members of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party whether the G8 format should be revived to include Russian Federation in the discussions, Merkel said Russia's removal from the group was "unavoidable" in light of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Asked if she thought the G-7 should invite Russian Federation - which was thrown out of the grouping after it annexed Crimea in 2014 - back in, she said actions in Crimea were a "flagrant breach" and that Russia's removal was "unavoidable".

She said Russia's readmission to such a format is not now feasible.

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