Putin, Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship

Jun 09, 2018, 20:48
Putin, Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship

On the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Bloomberg reported Mr Putin said both Russian Federation and China agreed on the need for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"Cooperation with China is one of Russia's top priorities and it has reached an unprecedented level", Putin said.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.

Moscow was expelled from the rich nations club, which sees itself as a guarantor of rules-based order and the global economy, over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Later he wrote: "Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

The Italian prime minister was due to meet the leaders of France, Germany and the UK before the main summit in a session seen as a European "huddle" created to present a united front to President Trump, who has imposed trade tariffs on the EU and disagrees with the bloc over a nuclear deal with Iran. "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States".

Trump's first meeting at the summer resort on St Lawrence river is with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, followed by sessions with the full summit, and then a bilateral with the host, Justin Trudeau, in the early evening.

But a spokesman for the host of this year's summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Canada remains opposed to re-admitting Russian Federation. "They understand. They're trying to act like, "Well, we fought with you in the wars" but they don't mention the fact that they have trade barriers against our farmers, they don't mention the fact that they're charging nearly 300-per-cent tariffs".

The Russians didn't appear interested in Trump's offer.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday the two leaders discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call, and talked about locations with Vienna as a possibility.

A few days ago, the Trump dispensation slapped stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on five of its six G7 partners. Their alliance grew further as US President Donald Trump stepped up pressure specially on China both on the trade and North Korean fronts.

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord. Putin is set to stay in the country till June 10, taking part in a summit of leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member-states.

"It's a lucky number", Tusk said. Under Trump, the US has sanctioned several Russians close to President Vladimir Putin and his circle.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We are in agreement that a return of Russian Federation to the G7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine".

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