Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

Michael Kappeler  dpa

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he was ready to meet his United States counterpart Donald Trump as soon as Washington was ready, adding Vienna could be a possible venue for such a summit.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Donald Trump has called for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the leading group of industrialised nations now known as the G7.

He said that several countries, including Austria, have offered to host a Trump-Putin meeting.

Earlier this month Israeli officials denied claims by Russia's ambassador to the United Nations that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on the withdrawal of Iranian forces from southwest Syria. The latter now includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. In general, I believe it is a technical issue.

Other leaders attending this weekend's G7 summit rejected Trump's idea.

"It will take some time before the signing of the agreement itself, this should be done properly, but this is the first very serious step towards organizing a serious regional economic union", Putin said, adding that "This is certainly compatible with both the Eurasian Economic Union and with the Chinese Silk Road initiative in its economic dimension".

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

Friendship Medals, the highest state honor to foreigners, are presented to foreign friends who have made outstanding contributions to China's modernization drive, promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and safeguarding world peace, Xi said when delivering a speech.

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.

Putin noted that Russian Federation and China have emphasized the need for talks to reduce tensions.

"The relationship between Russian Federation and China is a friendly, neighborly one, developing.in the spirit of overarching strategic partnership", he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Putin criticised the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

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.

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.

"We will be ready to greet them all in Moscow", he added, referring to leaders of the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy.

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