Thursday, 16 August, 2018

As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping Trump says that Russia should be reinstated as a G8 member
Deanna Wagner | 11 June, 2018, 10:04

The US president has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who US intelligence officials claim directed Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US.

He said a meeting could take place as soon as the United States was ready and that many European countries had offered their help in making it happen.

Putin said he shares Trump's expression of concern about a renewed arms race expressed in a March phone call.

"I see this as an acknowledgement and an evaluation of Russia's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China", he said.

President Donald Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into a group of the world's major advanced economies drew opposition from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who said Moscow shouldn't be rewarded for its bad - and unrepentant - behavior.

"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 said.

Xi was also quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying: "No matter how worldwide situations change, China and Russian Federation always firmly support each other in defending their respective core interests".

G7 leaders also endorsed Britain's accusation that Russian Federation was behind the nerve gas attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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"It's true", Putin said.

Speaking about the Skripal case, discussed at G7 summit, Putin noted, that "nothing new" was said on the matter, stressing that "it is necessary to stop chatter and move on to cooperation".

China and Russian Federation lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.

Founded in 2001, the Beijing-based bloc was originally conceived as a vehicle for resolving border issues, fighting terrorism and - more implicitly - to counter American influence in Central Asia following its invasion of Afghanistan.

He once again slammed Washington for its illegal decision to withdraw from the internationally recognized accord.

The meeting comes after US President Donald Trump controversially pulled Washington out of the 2015 global pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions.

With the president of aspiring full member Iran looking on, Putin said Moscow still supports the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently abandoned.

President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday held a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani and discussed relations between the two countries and the prevailing situation in the region, said a statement.