Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

Theresa May's tough line on Russian Federation has been undermined by US President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte who have suggested that Vladimir Putin should be readmitted to the group of world leaders.

"Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow".

He emphasised 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.

Following a day after Trump's press conference, Vladmir Putin in the Qingdao SCO summit on Sunday said that such talks were welcome and "much needed" in the wake of the new arms race among countries.

But the G-7 is intentionally small - a cozy group of relatively wealthy and democratic nations that discuss hot-button political and social issues such as climate change and trade.

Putin's remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. "It's in everyone's interests", Conte added, in an echo of Trump's own words after the combative USA president shocked both his allies and those back in his own country when he announced in Washington that, "Russia should be in (sic) this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House.

"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the USA president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter.

Theresa May has criticised the tariffs and also opposes Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated President of Russia Vladimir Putin in connection with the Russia Day. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

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But despite the rows over trade and Russia, Mr Trump rated his relationship with other G7 leaders as 10 out of 10. And while his critics say Trump is suspiciously soft on Putin, the president told reporters Friday: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".

Nearly immediately after US President Donald J. Trump caused a major rift in the Euro-Atlantic alliance by castigating his closest allies in the UK, Canada, and Germany by refusing to endorse a communique that called for an worldwide, rules-based trade regime, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte joined Trump in further infuriating the Western alliance by for Russia's return to the global forum.

"Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation?"

He also said the G7 countries had "again" failed to provide any evidence that Russian Federation was behind the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter in Britain in March.

"For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it's safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams", he said in a statement to CNN. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

Europeans are anxious about this prospect because it is unclear what Putin might put on the table besides compliments on Trump's ability to listen and respond (TASS, June 8).

He then mentioned the first-ever meeting between the heads of the SCO member states, and a joint forum on small business practiced in the SCO and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) to be held in Russia. Three dramatic USA withdrawals-from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, and the commitment to free trade-executed by the Trump administration in the year since the previous G7 summit, in Sicily, have severely undermined the collective West's ability to lead in global affairs (RIA Novosti, June 9).

Last month, Trump pulled out of former U.S. President Barack Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions.In the wake of Trump's decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it.

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