Putin’s visit brought ‘strong impetus’ to Sino-Russian relations - Chinese Foreign Ministry

Posted June 13, 2018

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed broad concern about Trump's opposition to the worldwide rules-based order, because it "is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S".

"Our position has not changed", said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions.In the wake of Trump's decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it.

Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and new Italian premier Giuseppe Conte agreed on a common stance on Russian Federation during talks together on the sidelines of the G7 summit, which is taking place in Canada.

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on global trade, an official who followed the talks said.

Trump is telling reporters that he told world leaders that the USA will take whatever steps necessary to prevent unfair foreign trade practices.

Expelled from the club of rich nations in 2014 after it seized Crimea from Ukraine, Russia has tried to rebrand itself as an Asian power rather than a European one, abandoning visions once eagerly embraced by Putin of a common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

"They threw Russian Federation out".

The Prime Minister has been at the forefront of diplomatic efforts to build an alliance against Russian Federation after the Salisbury nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

But this apparently spontaneous suggestion - rejected out of hand by the other allies - did not make it to the summit table, where instead the leaders confronted Trump's assault on the world trade system.

In April, the White House confirmed the two leaders spoke in a phone call about meeting at the White House "in the 'not-too-distant-future'".

Asked if Mrs May believed she had been snubbed, a Downing Street spokeswoman replied: "No". Trump said at the White House just before departing.

Official NKorean media tell nation summit is on
Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely". President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

"What is important is that the UK and the United States actually come together in a whole variety of ways to talk about the issues that matter to us both".

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".

Xi also presented Putin with China's first "friendship medal", calling him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people" during a live broadcast on state television.

"The American president may not mind being isolated", Macron tweeted, "but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be".

The US leader fired off a series of messages on Twitter hitting out at his counterparts before the summit even opened.

On March 20, Putin and Trump held a telephone call and agreed to hand down instructions to start preparations for a Russia-US summit.

Mrs May hopes to use the summit to avert a wider trade war, insisting she wants a "proportionate" response from the European Union to the "unjustified" USA tariffs. "Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron) and Justin (Trudeau) - I would say the relationship is a 10".

"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the USA president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter.

Canada, in particular, has taken offense at the notion that the steel tariffs are justified on the basis of national security concerns.

But tariffs on US imports of cars and auto parts would devastate the Canadian auto industry, which is highly integrated with the USA sector. The two would discuss the countries' nuclear efforts.