Putin says G-7 criticism of Russian Federation is 'chatter'

Putin says G-7 criticism of Russian Federation is 'chatter'

Putin says G-7 criticism of Russian Federation is 'chatter'

President Xi Jinping on Friday awarded China's first friendship medal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as the two leaders firmed up their alliance amid mounting United States diplomatic and economic pressure on them.

Speaking during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, Putin emphasized that the bloc members are anxious about the US move.

Donald Trump is ramping up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices as the US president prepares to make his Canadian debut later today.

At the G-7 gathering in Canada on Friday, Trump suggested that Russian Federation be offered a seat at the "negotiating table" of the organization, which was previously called the G-8 before Russian Federation was ousted for annexing Crimea in 2014.

Mr Putin offered to host the next summit after his United States counterpart Donald Trump suggested Russian Federation should have been at the Quebec gathering which came to an acrimonious end last night.

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.

"The president's support for inviting Russian Federation back into the G-7, just after they meddled in the election to support his campaign, will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions", Schumer said.

"We continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections".

Moscow has denied any interference, and U.S. President Donald Trump has denied any collusion.

President Vladimir Putin flew into Beijing where he was welcomed by Chinese Premier Xi Jingping.

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

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.

Addressing Sunday's summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China, Putin said a new agreement approved by the bloc spells out plans for joint anti-terror efforts for the next three years.

Thanks to President Putin, bilateral ties have withstood the test of ever-changing worldwide situation, Xi said, noting the deepened political and strategic mutual trust, great progress in pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and the enhanced friendship between the two peoples.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Saturday that Putin and Trump discussed the prospects for a meeting in a March phone call and named Vienna as a possible location.

Trump was due to arrive in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

China also expects to enhance its anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan, Xi said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned about the threat U-S unilateralism poses to the world.

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