Trump Calls to Readmit Russia to G-7

Jun 10, 2018, 01:31
Trump Calls to Readmit Russia to G-7

Washington's relations with Moscow have been particularly strained in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, which USA intelligence agencies said was targeted by Russian Federation. In 2016, as a candidate, he suggested that he would be open to recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, even though it had been denounced by most of the rest of the world as illegal.

The U.S. also recently sold American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military, to help combat the pro-Russian separatists who have been active in the east of the country since Russia annexed Crime in 2014. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the U.S. leader said before boarding the presidential jet.

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 7, 2018.

Both he and Mr Xi also held talks in the Chinese capital, where they hailed the close ties between their countries and discussed the upcoming US-North Korea summit, as well as the Iran nuclear deal. Tension between President Donald Trump and traditionally close US allies has overshadowed that worldwide meeting.

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In today's postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States.

In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the US imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the United States and the rest of the G7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general U.S. attitude toward the system".

The French president did have some private time with Trump before the summit officially started.

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"Whether you like it or not - and it may not me politically correct - but we have a world to run..." Trump will leave the summit early to attend a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Trump made the comment at the White House Friday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against longtime allies over USA trade practices.

To Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation be welcomed back to the group, allies had mixed responses. "This is in the interest of all", tweeted Conte who was sworn into office last week as the head of a populist coalition that has called for the European Union to forge closer ties with Moscow and for sanctions to be lifted. "In the interest of all".

"It's a lucky number", Tusk said. "It's a lucky number".

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Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery.

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