Putin: We are Ready to Meet Trump as Soon as Washington is

Arturo Kim
June 11, 2018

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. But other G-7 leaders showed no interest in it.

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.

Speaking on Friday, Italy's other deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio of the M5S, said that sanctions on Russian Federation "damage" Italy.

He said a personal meeting with Trump would help both countries, whose relations have plunged to their lowest ebb in decades after a series of tit-for-tat sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

G7 leaders demanded Saturday that Russian Federation stop what they described as attempts to undermine democracy and support for the Syrian regime as they closed the door on Moscow's readmission to the club.

Putin's visit highlights the growing willingness of both sides to develop a significant cooperation agenda. You know Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea.

In April, he also warned Russian Federation that it should "get ready" for a USA missile strike on Syria, where Russian Federation backs President Bashar al-Assad, in a tit-for-tat exchange.

Thanks to President Putin, bilateral ties have withstood the test of ever-changing global 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.

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The nation also has repaired ties with China after a setback in late 2016, a shift reinforced by Lee's visit to Beijing in April. A screengrab from North Korean media showing Kim Jong Un's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Russian Federation was pushed out of the then G8 due to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea four years ago. Xi also spoke of the increased number of visits from Chinese to Russia and also of Russians to China.

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The G7 will be discussing various issues, including disagreements and agreements on trade, tariffs and Canadian exports. Those new tariffs are in response to the Trump administration's decision to apply import taxes to steel and aluminum.

That's why he sees it as such a great and brilliant victory that he pulled us out of a series of worldwide agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Climate Accord, the Iran nuclear agreement.

Senator Bernie Sanders lashed out at President Donald Trump for his behavior at the two-day G7 summit held in Canada this week.

And since our allies are the ones with whom we have the most significant ties - economic, military, cultural - they're most often the ones who wind up being the target of his ire as he tries to isolate the United States from the world.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries", Trump said.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining regional stability and security, he added, "we want to see a secure and stable Afghanistan, and the coordination of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is very important for the security and development of the region". "We're going to fix that situation".

"Everyone demonstrated solidarity with London over a certain event in Salisbury but nothing concrete was said again", Putin said.

So things are going great! Eventually, Trump left earlier than expected and went to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong-un.

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