Moscow and Washington discuss possible Putin-Trump meeting: RIA

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According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20.

"We will be happy to see everyone in Moscow", Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a news conference in Qingdao, where the SCO summit took place. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!", he states. Trump tweeted Friday. "Canada charges the US a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

"They didn't tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!"

President Donald Trump on Friday called for Russian Federation to be invited back to the G7, telling reporters the country should be at this weekend's meeting of major world leaders.

"I think we'll have a joint statement", the president said.

Trump has repeatedly put himself at odds with practically the entire USA political and security establishment over Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.


"The experience I have with the president of the United States tells me that even though his actions are often criticized, especially recently, including on the worldwide arena and in the economic sphere, he is still a reflective person and he is able to listen and react to another person's arguments", Putin said.

"When it all strengthens out we'll all be in love again".

He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the USA presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

The summit has already been dubbed the "G6 plus one" due to Mr Trump's isolation over trade and his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Mr. Trump said.


The US withdrawal, he said, "can further destabilize the situation" but Russian Federation is in favor of the "unconditional implementation" of the pact.

Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with US allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russian Federation, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated. Some reports indicated that Trump was looking to pull out altogether, while Trump spent Friday morning tweeting about how "unfair" the current trade deals were.

While the suggestion is likely to draw the ire of the Western political establishment, the recently installed Italian prime minister was quick to endorse Trump's suggestion.

"If there are to be any conversations about Russia's future in relation to this particular group, they have to change their ways, they have to change the route that they are taking and the sort of activity they are involved in", Mrs May said.


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