Putin visits China: Trump summit up for discussion

Putin visits China: Trump summit up for discussion

Speaking on background, Canadian officials said Ottawa's position hasn't changed and they believe that Russia's illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea disqualifies Moscow from participation.

At stake is the risk of tit-for-tat tariffs between the major western economies turning into an unrestrained trade war. We responded from the very beginning that such personal meetings were not just a possibility but were useful ... According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20.

"The experience I have with the president of the United States tells me that even though his actions are often criticized, especially recently, including on the global arena and in the economic sphere, he is still a reflective person and he is able to listen and react to another person's arguments", Putin said.

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

"It used to be the G8 because Russian Federation was in it and now Russia's not in it", Trump told reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

With the president of aspiring full member Iran looking on, Putin said Moscow still supports the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently abandoned.

Conte, who is attending his first summit, had earlier indicated that he was in favor of Trump's proposal to welcome Russian Federation back into an organization from which it was frozen out after annexing Crimea in 2014.

"Both countries really use their relationship to showcase [that] there is an alternative to the American hegemony, and they've been doing that for a while even before Trump", she said. President Obama duly left such a letter for President Trump, as President Bush did eight years earlier.

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Before leaving Washington this morning, Mr Trump caused fresh controversy by suggesting Russian Federation should be invited back into the G7, to reform the G8, after Vladimir Putin was kicked out in 2014 after his annexation of Crimea.

The suggestion from Trump, made on June 8 on the eve of a summit of G7 leaders, was the latest in a string of conciliatory statements by him toward Moscow, a stance that has clashed with many congressional Republicans and Democrats, as well as large parts of the USA foreign policy establishment.

Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, who is serving a 10-year sentence in a Russian prison after being convicted of terrorism together with Sentsov, also launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Sentsov.

"Trump fulfils his pre-election promises", he said.

To Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation be welcomed back to the group, allies had mixed responses.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.

But all the leaders did endorse Mr. Trump's historic denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next week.

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