Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Putin says he is happy to meet Trump once Washington ready

Putin says he is happy to meet Trump once Washington ready

Putin says some nations including Austria have offered to host his summit with Trump.

The G-7 meeting is not a negotiation.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group past year.

Speaking on Friday, Italy's other deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio of the M5S, said that sanctions on Russian Federation "damage" Italy.

Trump said he would not endorse a G7 communique after Trudeau informed president that Canadians "will not be pushed around on trade matters". Juncker added that the European Union is open to beginning a dialogue with Russian Federation, "but in other ways" that do not concern ending the sanctions regime until Moscow's ends its occupation of large parts of eastern Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula.

Xi placed the large golden medal around Putin's neck at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing in front of dignitaries from both countries.

The bloc has its own tensions lurking below the surface, as China seeks to use the group as a vehicle to promote its Belt and Road Initiative, a vast infrastructure-building program that runs through Russia's strategic backyard.

Given all the mischief Vladimir Putin creates, it can be easy to forget that Russian Federation is only the 12th-largest economy in the world, about 1/14th the size of the US.

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But to Trump, the very idea of worldwide cooperation is anathema. Either we're the victor or the loser, and if it's not obvious that we're the victor then we must be the loser, the chump, the sap, the sucker.

The 2015 nuclear deal lifted that barrier.

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. That's an idea he just can not wrap his head around. "The United States has long upheld worldwide law".

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hit back at Trump over trade policy and other matters on which the president with other G-7 nations, saying in a Twitter that "maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be".

Highlighting the importance of maintaining regional stability and security, he added, "we want to see a secure and stable Afghanistan, and the coordination of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is very important for the security and development of the region". How will we "come out even better" if we're in a trade war, or if our relationships with our closest allies are damaged?

And he might just get his way.

Trump is in Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

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