Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Putin Says He's Ready For A One-On-One Meeting With Trump

Putin Says He's Ready For A One-On-One Meeting With Trump

Both Trump and Conte were clear that they want Russian Federation to be readmitted to the Group, despite Moscow's refusal to withdraw its occupation forces from Crimea - which it forcibly annexed from Ukraine in 2014 - and eastern Ukraine, where Russia's armed forces and their local proxies continue to fight a war that has killed almost 11,000 people in just over four years. "Signing the agreement itself will take time as much work needs to be done here but it is the first step towards establishing a large regional economic union", Putin said, adding that this union "is compatible with the EAEU [the Eurasian Economic Union] that we have been developing and China's Silk Road initiative.".

Xi said the two countries have "always firmly taken the development of relations as a priority direction". "We must maintain the rules of the World Trade Organization, support the multilateral trade system and build an open global economy", Xi said.

Russian Federation and China have responded to the USA national security strategy describing them as America's top adversaries by vowing to further expand their economic, political and military cooperation. "We have the recent example of USA unilateralism and its defiance of the worldwide community when the United States pulled out from the JCPOA", he said.

In an address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Rouhani said the United States has been trying to impose its policies on others countries which was a kind of warning for all the major powers.

Responding to Trump's comments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would be happy to meet Trump once Washington is ready to hold a summit and welcomed the USA president's call to bring Russia back into the G7 group of leading industrialised nations.

Departing the White House for a fractious summit with European, Canadian and Japanese leaders, Trump said their 2014 decision to suspend Russian Federation from the group of the world's most advanced economies - after Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea region - should be reversed.

Putin said the bloc's new counterterrorism agreement foresees joint drills, exchanging information and conducting coordinated anti-terror action.

In April, the White House confirmed the two leaders spoke in a phone call about meeting at the White House "in the 'not-too-distant-future".

The Russian prez said he did not discuss meeting venue but "many" countries including Austria are willing to help organise such a summit. But Russia was suspended from the group in 2014 after it annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

He emphasised that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the USA move.

Putin said Washington's decision to exit the agreement could "destabilize the situation" in the region.

The group demonstrated solidarity in pledging to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, a major source of G-7 contention after Trump's withdrawal last month.

Information for this article was contributed by Dake Kang and Vladimir Isachenkov of The Associated Press; and by Dandan Li and Stepan Kravchenko of Bloomberg News.

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