Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Vienna being considered as venue for possible Putin-Trump summit

Vienna being considered as venue for possible Putin-Trump summit

Lavrov said on national television that Russian Federation "never asked anyone to return" to the Group of Seven following the 2014 decision to suspend Russian Federation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

He bantered easily with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joking that the neighboring leader had "agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers".

QINGDAO, June 9 (Xinhua) - The presidents of China, Russia and Mongolia pledged to strengthen trilateral cooperation during their meeting here on Saturday.

In his meeting, Mr. Trudeau made the case once again against the US tariffs and pressed Mr. Trump to not levy similar tariffs on Canadian auto exports, an idea being contemplated by the White House. "They understand. They're trying to act like, "Well, we fought with you in the wars" but they don't mention the fact that they have trade barriers against our farmers, they don't mention the fact that they're charging nearly 300-per-cent tariffs".

Such a summit would be the third such meeting of Trump and Putin since Trump took office a year ago.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted.

It's far from certain that today's Xi-Putin jewelry exchange had any impact on Trump's call for Russian Federation to rejoin the G7. And he emphasized a "good relationship" with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying they sometimes have a "little test" on trade, but predicting a positive outcome.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the USA withdrew from last month.

After its annexation of Crimea, the other seven members shrunk the bloc and effectively kicked Russian Federation out until further notice, starting with a summit in 2014.

Maybe President Trump's jet-setting weekend has made Russia's leader feel left out.

Before arriving at the summit in Quebec, Mr Trump had said: "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?"

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

The Russian leader knows that America's global power rests not only on our military and economic might but also on our unrivaled network of alliances from Europe to Asia.

Since Mr. Trump slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum, these leaders have taken a more confrontational approach.

Newly sworn Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he supports Trump's proposal.

A Kremlin spokesman said they were interested in "other formats", apart from the G7.

He will miss the final session on climate change on Saturday and instead fly directly from Charlevoix to Singapore to meet the leader of North Korea in a much-anticipated summit.

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