Trump calls for Russian Federation to be readmitted to G8, European Union rejects it

The G7 summit hasn’t concluded yet the media has already predicted its outcome

The G7 summit hasn’t concluded yet the media has already predicted its outcome

"The US president himself repeatedly said that he would consider such a meeting helpful".

The Italian prime minister was due to meet the leaders of France, Germany and the UK before the main summit in a session seen as a European "huddle" created to present a united front to President Trump, who has imposed trade tariffs on the EU and disagrees with the bloc over a nuclear deal with Iran.

The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Putin and Xi have forged closer ties as Trump has labeled both countries economic rivals that challenge U.S. interests and values.

The leaders of China and Russia Sunday praised the expansion of their regional security bloc at a summit which put on a show of unity contrasting with the acrimonious G7 meeting.

Putin stressed that he is ready to meet Trump "as soon as" Washington is ready, adding that there were "no precise talks on a place for the meeting".

Russian President Vladimir Putin also criticised the United States for its withdrawal, claiming the decision could potentially destabilise the situation.

Rouhani also expressed happiness over Pakistan's membership in SCO and said that Iran supports Islamabad's effective role in the organisation.

Putin added "I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches of the best teams and the skills of the players, but also of your acquaintance with Russian Federation - its distinctive culture, unique history and rich character and her hospitable, honest and friendly people".

Donilon, who served under former president Barack Obama, was responding to a clip in which Trump made the case for including Russian Federation. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the USA leader said before boarding the presidential jet. In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Russia is "focusing its attention on formats other than the Group of Seven".

Trump, before jumping on Air Force One to fly to Canada which is hosting the G7 summit, called for a return to the body's pre-2014 "G8" formula.

"But I believe it's a technical issue", he said. "Coordinated efforts of Russian Federation, the Syrian government, Iran, Turkey, and a number of other partners, including Kazakhstan, have contributed significantly to the defeat of terrorist activities in (Syria)", Putin said. It is a serious issue, this might really hurt the economic interests of many countries, first of all, of course, of the European ones.

He emphasized 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.

"The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action may destabilize the situation".

The two countries also signed a raft of deals, including for nuclear cooperation projects totalling 20 billion yuan (US$3.13 billion) and a U.S. $1 billion industrial investment fund. The agreement, put into place in 2015 under President Barack Obama, lifted global economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country to limit its nuclear program.

The United States and Russia's relationship has remained a big part of Trump's presidency since the 2016 election.

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