Russian Federation should be allowed back into G7

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Putin said that during his last telephone conversation with the US president, Trump "expressed his concern about the threat of a new round of the arms race".

As he travelled to Quebec City for the meeting of the Group of Seven industrialised economies, Trump mused last Friday that Russian Federation ought to be brought back to the group - for no discernible reason.

Russian Federation was pushed out of the then G8 due to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea four years ago. The group, which welcomed new members India and Pakistan, as well as the presidents of Iran and Mongolia, pledged to increase cooperation on energy and agriculture and create more favourable conditions on trade and investment.

Although Trump has spoken frequently of making Russian Federation a closer ally, his administration has nevertheless imposed numerous sanctions packages for human rights violations, meddling in the 2016 US election and other acts.

Putin added "I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches of the best teams and the skills of the players, but also of your acquaintance with Russian Federation - its distinctive culture, unique history and rich character and her hospitable, honest and friendly people". He spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad.

Russian Federation should be allowed back into G7
Russian Federation should be allowed back into G7

'I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we've always had this kind of discussion.

Taking stock of the on-going turmoil in war-ridden Afghanistan, Putin said, "It is crucial that we fight the terrorist threat emanating from that country in unison, curb drug production and trafficking and render aid to Afghanistan in its national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilisation".

Keep in mind that when it comes to USA national security, no one objects to Trump's negotiating with Kim whose nuclear button is much smaller than America's. The latter now includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump's stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former U.S. friends into a damaging trade war.

Xi and Putin are "soulmates who want to make their countries great again", Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told AFP.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday floated an idea to set up a way to resolve trade disputes between the United States and its allies.

Putin said: 'The US president has repeatedly said that it's reasonable to hold such a meeting.

Trump said in a second tweet.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the USA and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend.

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

The French president did have some private time with Trump before the summit officially started. "The EU trade surplus with the $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out".

Trump did not appear enthusiastic about the summit, complaining to aides about having to attend, particularly with his Singapore sit-down with Kim right around the corner.

But to Trump, the very idea of global cooperation is anathema.