Dialogue with Trump could be 'constructive': Putin

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The president repeated his tough stance on tariffs, saying allies had been "taking advantage" of the U.S. on trade.

Despite the conflict, Mallaby predicted that the countries would still seek to work with the USA, calling it "the indispensable country". We will straighten that out.

The SCO 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.

But the President was in a more lighthearted mood when he held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Trudeau late on Friday afternoon. Iranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear agency, live from the Natanz uranium enrichment plant with three domestically built centrifuges clearly labeled in English in the background. It could be with Canada, with Mexico, one-on-one agreement. He says he agrees with that, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue. Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec.

Canada and other USA allies are retaliating with tariffs on United States exports.

"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the absolutely illegal and unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada but the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies", Ms. Freeland said. "But there's one circumstance that I've mentioned previously: Trump keeps the promises that he made in his campaign".

"Both share scepticism towards American hegemony and distrust U.S. intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said.

"But I believe it's a technical issue", he said.

He added that Russian Federation was ready to "develop, deepen and normalize ties with the United States", noting that the next move was for Washington to make.

Associate Professor Li Mingjiang of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies said China and Russian Federation had been cooperating since the late 1990s as they "responded to quite similar pressures from the West".

"Trump's policies justified (the) growing closeness, especially for Russian Federation but also for China given the volatile relationship with the United States", Repnikova told AFP.

It's far from certain that today's Xi-Putin jewelry exchange had any impact on Trump's call for Russian Federation to rejoin the G7.

Russian Federation has also interfered in elections in France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Ukraine, he said.

Putin said the bloc's new counterterrorism agreement foresees joint drills, exchanging information and conducting coordinated anti-terror action.

Speaking during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, Putin emphasized that the bloc members are anxious about the US move.