As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club

10 June, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Theresa May on the first day of the G7 Summit in Canada

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 US foreign policy establishment.

President Xi Jinping gave China's first friendship medal to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as the neighbouring giants touted their close ties amid diplomatic and economic challenges from the US.

"Various cities, which can be suitable for a meeting between the two presidents, are often considered".

Leaders of the seven richest nations vowed to send a "strong message" that interference by Russian Federation and other foreign states will "not be tolerated", Prime Minister Theresa May said. "Nothing he has done since then has changed that most obvious fact", McCain said.

Speaking ahead of the two-day event in Canada today, Mr Tusk said this year's summit would be "even more challenging" than 2017's - an event which he had previously billed as the most hard in years.

However, during the meeting with Mr. Trudeau, a senior Canadian official said the President agreed to "accelerate" the NAFTA negotiations rather than pursue bilateral talks.

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At least three of Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, all frequent critics of the president, assailed his suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation to the group.

Russia's membership in the G8 was suspended in 2014, after it illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

"I think Putin's probably going, 'Man, I wish Hillary won, '" Trump said.

"President Trump has placed himself on the wrong side: with the autocrats, the corrupt, and the anti-Americans, who look to Vladimir Putin as a natural ally", said Daniel Fried, a former career diplomat who oversaw sanctions on Russian Federation after its Ukraine intervention.

"Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA and we will retaliate but we say that with great sadness especially here", she said.

The call threatens to further strain what was shaping up to be a tough summit for the G7, whose members have also been clashing with the Trump administration over a looming trade war.

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The Group of Seven comprises seven of the largest advanced economies in the world - Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Canada and Europe were also taken back by Mr. Trump's decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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

"Russia is focused on other formats apart from the G-7" Peskov said, according to the Sputnik news agency.

While the suggestion is likely to draw the ire of the Western political establishment, the recently installed Italian prime minister was quick to endorse Trump's suggestion.

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