Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

China's Xi touts Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

China's Xi touts Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

Bloomberg News' Shannon Pettypiece said these arguments have been made to Trump and people close to him have warned about the idea of a summit with Putin.

Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, U.S., on his way to the G7 Summit in Canada, June 8, 2018.

He added, however, that no concrete agreements have been reached and no concrete discussions were underway.

"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the absolutely illegal and unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada but the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies", Ms. Freeland said.

"Including that Vienna could be such a city" for the summit, said Peskov.

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"This has been an ongoing project of Ambassador Huntsman, stretching back months, of getting a formal meeting between Putin and Trump", the official told the Journal.

President Donald Trump on Friday called for Russian Federation to be invited back to the G7, telling reporters the country should be at this weekend's meeting of major world leaders.

After its annexation of Crimea, the other seven members shrunk the bloc and effectively kicked Russian Federation out until further notice, starting with a summit in 2014.

In his interview to state-run CGTN, Putin described Xi as "approachable and sincere" and "a very dependable man to work with".

"Both countries really use their relationship to showcase. there is an alternative to the American hegemony and they've been doing that for a while even before Trump", she said.

"We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly", he said in a statement.

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

Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, who is serving a 10-year sentence in a Russian prison after being convicted of terrorism together with Sentsov, also launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Sentsov.

However, new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threw his weight behind Trump's call for Russian Federation to be included, saying on Twitter it would be "in the interests of everyone". The only question is: "Will the domestic political situation in the United States allow this to be done?"

With the president of aspiring full member Iran looking on, Putin said Moscow still supports the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently abandoned.

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

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