Putin Says He's Ready For A One-On-One Meeting With Trump

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, said he agreed with Trump's expressions of concern about a renewed arms race.

Bruising for a fight, President Donald Trump barreled into the Group of Seven summit Friday, eager to confront longtime US allies over a burgeoning trade dispute and insisting Russian Federation should be brought back into the fold.

European leaders criticize the US decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

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).

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.

It was not helped by two of President's Trump's communications when he left the meeting.

By ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit but no bilateral meeting.

But both nations have touted their nuclear supremacy.

Washington's relations with Moscow have been particularly strained in the wake of the 2016 USA presidential election, which US intelligence agencies said was targeted by Russian Federation.

Xi and Putin are "soulmates who want to make their countries great again", Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told AFP.

Expelled from the club of rich nations in 2014 after it seized Crimea from Ukraine, Russia has tried to rebrand itself as an Asian power rather than a European one, abandoning visions once eagerly embraced by Putin of a common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin

Russian Federation supports China's proposal for a "suspension-for-suspension" approach that calls for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile testing in exchange for a halt to joint military exercises between the US and South Korea.

"This is what a G7 is supposed to be about - all of us pulling together and doing things that matter for our citizens and for the world", Trudeau said.

The G7 ended in discord on Saturday when Trump clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and said he might hit the auto industry with tariffs.

Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In the past the USA has had low points with Europe.

The president's move to reject the communique contradicted a statement from Trudeau earlier, in which the prime minister announced "we have released a joint communique by all seven countries".

Xi also presented Putin with China's first "friendship medal", calling him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people" during a live broadcast on state television.

"It was a betrayal", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".

Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariffs, even on imports from close USA allies.

Ironically, Trump was expected to receive a far warmer reception from Kim Jong Un than from US allies in the West.

In contrast with previous points in the Trump administration when advisers sought to reassure a nervous world that "America First" does not mean "America alone", Trump has now fully embraced the nationalistic policies he espoused on the campaign.

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