June 8, 2018 / 5:31 PM / 15 days ago

European unity at G7 was 'striking', French source says

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (Reuters) - European leaders’ unity was “striking” at a meeting ahead of a Group of Seven summit in Canada, a source at the French presidency said on Friday.

Europeans agreed to push for references to global trade rules and caution on Russia in a final G7 statement, the source said, adding that Europeans believe conditions are not there for a return of Russia to the G7.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed to set up a dialogue and evaluation mechanism to resolve current trade differences with the United States and prevent future ones, the source added.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey, writing by Michel Rose; editing by John Irish

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