Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

11 June, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The meeting was held ahead of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a regional security grouping jointly led by Beijing and Moscow, in the coastal city of Qingdao over the weekend.

Donald Trump is ramping up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices as the USA president prepares to make his Canadian debut later today. "Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow", Putin told reporters at a briefing in China's city of Qingdao.

Xi and Putin and others pledged their support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew the US last month.

He also said he hopes to improve Russian-American relations.

The president added that the nuclear deal is backed by a U-N Security Council resolution and its, therefore, binding for all countries.

The English-language Twitter of account of the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper posted photos of a tense scene in La Malbaie, Quebec, and another of Xi and Putin smiling, with the caption, "G7 vs SCO: two meetings on the same day".

Putin expressed great thanks for Xi awarding China's first Friendship Medal to him, saying that it is not only the highest honor given to himself, but also reflects the high level of Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, as well as Chinese people's profound friendship towards Russian people.

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The other G7 leaders will meet without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and global development. Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un .

"There have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now", Peskov said.

Not content with just starting a trade war with America's supposed allies, Donald Trump risked enraging G7 allies further by suggesting that Russian Federation should be reinstated as a member.

Founded in 2001, the SCO also includes the former Central Asian Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed with regards to Russian Federation.

Putin, who has previously told Europe he had warned them about the trade threat Washington posed to them, also said that if Trump imposed new tariffs on imports of foreign cars it would have serious consequences for the global economy and especially for Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

"The nuclear energy state-owned corporation Rosatom is one of Russia's most internationally competitive companies", Lukin said.

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