Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling', calls for cooperation

Hugh Fox
June 11, 2018

Asked for his impression of the Chinese leader for life, Putin said Xi was "approachable and sincere", as well as "perhaps the only state leader who has celebrated my birthday with me". The latter now includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. "We did not discuss a specific location but many countries offer their support, including Austria", Putin said.

Although G7 leaders ignored US President Donald Trump's proposal to invite back Moscow into the club, Putin said he would be happy to be readmitted.

"Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?" he said.

"Whether you like it or - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8 they threw Russian Federation out, they should let Russian Federation come back in", Trump said upon his arrival in La Malbaie, the small town in Quebec that is hosting the weekend's summit.

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Trump had suggested that Russian Federation should be allowed back into the global group despite their continued occupation of Crimea.

Mr. Putin said in a Russian television interview that a meeting with Trump would be "useful".

"As soon as the American side is ready, this meeting will be held immediately, depending on my work schedule", Putin said.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", the president posted on Twitter.

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While never mentioning the United States by name, he added: "We should reject the Cold War mentality and confrontation between blocs, and oppose the practice of seeking absolute security of oneself at the expense of others, so as to obtain security of all".

The country was expelled from what was then called the G8 after it annexed Crimea.

"There is no doubt that foreign interference in our democratic institutions and processes, and other forms of hostile activity, pose a strategic threat to our shared values and interests", British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the G7 Summit on Saturday.

Putin said the G7 countries "again" failed to provide any evidence that his country was behind the Skripal poisoning in the southwest of England.

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Highlighting the importance of maintaining regional stability and security, he added, "we want to see a secure and stable Afghanistan, and the coordination of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is very important for the security and development of the region". Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery.

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