Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

USA president wants Russian Federation readmitted to G7

USA president wants Russian Federation readmitted to G7

Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin's inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 US election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.

Trump, talking to reporters as he left the White House for this weekend's G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, asked, "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?" Facing pointed criticism from increasingly disillusioned allies, he punched back, uncowed by the growing global outcry.

Filmed under a blue sky in front of the Kremlin, he added: "We have done our best to ensure that all of our guests - the athletes, the staff and, of course, the fans - feel at home in Russian Federation.

We'll see how it all works out, but we've made a lot of progress, ' Trump said, sitting by Trudeau after talks that an official said were marked by 'strong disagreement" but 'not heated'.

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by his campaign.

Despite the tension, the president was greeted cordially by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrived at the annual gathering, held this year at a picturesque Quebec resort. The European Union also attends.

The "historic" Korean reconciliation of the Korean peninsula and the upcoming bilateral talks between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were also mentioned in Putin's statement.

The G-7 meeting is not a negotiation. He added that Moscow will continue to honour its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

Trump says he spoke with world leaders about his trade policies and called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies.

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and the prime minister of arch-rival India, Narendra Modi, are also in attendance. "We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly", he said in a statement.

A senior UK Government source said despite Mr Trump's comments "the Americans have been very clear in negotiating they are signed up to the rapid response mechanism".

Putin responded: 'It wasn't us who left. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

The French president did have some private time with Trump before the summit officially started. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.

This weekend's G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada could hardly have gone worse.

In his remarks to reporters on the White House lawn before departing for Canada Friday morning, Trump touched on a wide range of topics.

Taking to the United States president's favourite social media, Twitter, Mr Conte wrote: "I agree with President Trump: Russia should return to the G8. In the interest of all".

"Let's leave the G7 as it's a lucky number at least in our culture", he said. "It's a lucky number".

China and Russian Federation lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.

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