Putin: Cooperation with China at "unprecedented level"

Hugh Fox
June 13, 2018

Putin said on Sunday he thought it was important that the two men meet and said he shared Trump's concerns about the risks of an arms race developing between Russian Federation and the United States, something he said officials from the two countries needed to discuss. In the late 1990s, Russian Federation was invited to join, but then in 2014 the members chose to expel Russian Federation in response to its annexation of Crimea.

Putin has been driven closer to China by a sharp decline in relations with the West after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

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.

The US president also repeated his call for Vladimir Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table.

But the Prime Minister twice refused to say whether she had requested a formal bilateral meeting with Mr Trump.

The U.S. president had also slammed America's Western trading partners, saying "all of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".

Trump has invoked a USA national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions.

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Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the US and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend. She said the two leaders exchanged pleasantries and briefly discussed trade.

"I think one of the results of this G7 leaders' meeting will be to talk about the situation on the Korean peninsula and let the USA president know, and let the world know, that he will be travelling to Singapore to the meeting with the North Korea with the strong support of his allies", Freeland said.

Then, Trump and Macron met again on the sidelines of the summit Friday evening.

Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Trump of "turning our foreign policy into an global joke".

China's "highest honor" is bestowed on foreigners who have made "outstanding contributions" to the country's modernization drive and helped maintain world peace, Xi said.

The statement also criticized the US decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and said they would endeavor to keep it alive and ensure further trade with Iran.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Ottawa.

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Ryan Costello, an Eagles fan from suburban Philadelphia , said on Twitter that Trump had handled the matter poorly and that he would not go to the White House.

The two have bristled over trade and tariffs recently but appeared jovial after their meeting.

Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

"Our relationship is very good".

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union. "I fear we'll see the answer to that test when we are in a moment of great need and our allies are no longer willing to support us".

Adding fuel to Trump's bonfire request was newly-installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who backed the US president's suggestion. "I would recommend, and it is up to them, but Russian Federation should be at the meeting", Trump noted. On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and taking questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

In an effort to counter propaganda, the G7 leaders agreed to work together to assert a "common narrative and response" to incidents. At the same time Trump said, "I'm not above the law".

President Donald Trump has opened his second day at an global summit at a breakfast discussion on gender equality. Ali was convicted in 1967 of avoiding military service. "Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt".

Trump's points of friction with G7 leaders
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a meeting last week in the Canadian resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. Macron made clear Thursday that the other six countries wouldn't hesitate to go it alone.

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