Vladimir Putin Dismisses G7 Criticism As "Babbling", Calls For Cooperation

Posted June 10, 2018

Russian Federation was expelled from the grouping in 2014 after it invaded and annexed Crimea and for its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

At least three of Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, all frequent critics of the president, assailed his suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation to the group.

Donilon, who served under former president Barack Obama, was responding to a clip in which Trump made the case for including Russian Federation.

He said "on most fronts", the G7 was united in its efforts, including countering the aggressive stance of Russian Federation, securing denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and finding a way to end the long-running Syrian civil war.

And he went on to further warn that the United States, under Mr Trump's presidency, now posed the biggest challenge to West's continued leadership on the global stage.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

However, during the meeting with Mr. Trudeau, a senior Canadian official said the President agreed to "accelerate" the NAFTA negotiations rather than pursue bilateral talks.

During his Sunday remarks, Putin also addressed the situation in North Korea - two days ahead President Trump's planned sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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He emphasised that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the U.S. move.

Wang Huning read out the order of award, which is conferred to recognize Putin's long-time devotion and important contribution to good neighborliness and friendship between Russian Federation and China, and to the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Speaking in Qingdao, China, where Putin is attending a regional summit, Peskov said, "there have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his auto after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport, Shandong province, China, June 8, 2018.

He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the USA presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

He said: "Naturally we cannot force the United States to change their minds".

Vienna has been discussed as a possible venue for a summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Kremlin said Saturday.

Last month, Trump pulled out of former U.S. President Barack Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations.