President Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that Russian Federation be re-admitted into the G-7 in an impromptu presser on Saturday morning from the summit in Canada. The G7 countries (Canada, the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan and Germany) had invited Russian Federation to their 1998 meeting but disinvited it in 2014 as Russian Federation "temporarily occupied" the Crimean Peninsula.
"I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the USA court", the Russian president said.
During the weekend Putin is scheduled to attend the Qingdao Summit of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
However, the Kremlin acknowledged Saturday that President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria earlier this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his United States counterpart Donald Trump.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hit back at Trump over trade policy and other matters on which the president with other G-7 nations, saying in a Twitter that "maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be".
"The situation in Afghanistan requires special attention, I agree with colleagues who have already talked about this, it is important to jointly fight the terrorist threat coming from the territory of this country, to stop the production and transit of drugs, to assist Afghanistan in national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilization", Putin emphasized. So far the prime minister has said only that Italy remains a committed member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a special ally of the U.S., and that he will push for a review of sanctions against Russian Federation.
According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.
"All this gives me the grounds to believe that the dialogue can be constructive", Putin said.
"No matter what fluctuations there are in the worldwide situation, China and Russian Federation have always firmly taken the development of relations as a priority", Xi told Putin at the start of their formal talks.
Lavrov said Russian Federation is "working fine in other formats" such as the Group of 20, TASS state news agency reported. It was the first violation of a European country's borders since World War II.
The China-Russia relations, standing at a high level, have benefited the two peoples and served as a model of harmonious coexistence of major countries and neighboring countries.
The two countries also signed a raft of deals, including for nuclear cooperation projects totalling 20 billion yuan (US$3.13 billion) and a United States $1 billion industrial investment fund.
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