Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects G7 criticism, stresses cooperation

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

The two nations have also "resolutely supported each other's core interests", developed trade ties and proactively participated in global governance to promote a "community of common destiny", Xi said.

Xi and Putin are "soulmates who want to make their countries great again", Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told AFP.

The president reiterated the idea that a trade agreement could take a different shape, namely, individual deals with Canada and Mexico.

G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, but they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday called it "disgraceful" for President Donald Trump to blame his predecessor President Barack Obama for letting Russian Federation get away with its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Kudlow says Trump won't let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We (have) always been clear we should engage with Russian Federation where it is in our interests, but we need to remember why G8 became the G7, it was because Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea", a European diplomat said Friday.

On Saturday, U.S. Sen.

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At this week's G7 summit, where he caused consternation by refusing to sign a joint statement, Trump said: 'I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in'.

The SCO gathering comes as US President Donald Trump meets America's closest allies in Canada for a two-day G7 summit, which concludes Saturday. The EU is also attending the summit.

"President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable", Xi told reporters after their meeting.

The G-7 meeting is not a negotiation.

Trump was seated between Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Christine Whitecross, a Canadian lieutenant general.

For his comments, Trump fired back on Twitter, stating, "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Then he tried to ease tension with friendly banter and vague claims of progress in trade talks. An official described Merkel's suggestion as a "shared assessment and dialogue" mechanism, but gave no further details.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", the president posted on Twitter.

But, in contrast to the United States' allies, the Russian president expressed understanding for Trump's decision that the United States would not sign the summit's final statement.

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