Happy to meet Trump whenever US is ready: Putin

Posted June 11, 2018

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group previous year. Russian Federation was kicked out of the G7 after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.

The leaders of China and Russia Sunday praised the expansion of their regional security bloc at a summit which put on a show of unity contrasting with the acrimonious G7 meeting.

Professor Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's Institute of International Studies, also said the award was a clear signal to the USA that if it increased pressure on both countries, it would mean both China and Russian Federation would have no choice but to increase cooperation so they can jointly deal with Washington.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in".

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said in a meeting on Saturday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that more dialogue is needed between Tehran and Moscow now that Donald Trump has withdrawn the USA from the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal.

Earlier this month Israeli officials denied claims by Russia's ambassador to the United Nations that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on the withdrawal of Iranian forces from southwest Syria.

In 2013, before travelling to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, Donald Trump asked plaintively on Twitter whether Vladimir Putin would be attending, and "if so, will he become my new best friend?"

"I agree with him, and to have a meaningful discussion, our ministries of foreign affairs and experts should get involved and work closely together, and of course a meeting in person is necessary", Putin told reporters.

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Since the heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia held their first meeting more than three years ago, the three countries have centered on aligning China's Belt and Road Initiative with Russia's development strategies, especially its transcontinental rail plan, and Mongolia's "development path" initiative, deepened cooperation and yielded results, said Xi.

The American leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

The Russian president visited China between Friday and Sunday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the SCO Summit in Qingdao, China. Its member states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India.

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run, and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russian Federation out", he said without making a reference to the reason for Russia's expulsion - the invasion of Ukraine.

But he also issued a warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with whom Trump is due to meet Tuesday in Singapore, indicating his expectation of a total and immediate solution to U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) late yesterday opened a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the U.S. over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.