Vladimir Putin wants to have a summit with Donald Trump

Theresa May on the first day of the G7 Summit in Canada

Theresa May on the first day of the G7 Summit in Canada

Putin is in China for a weekend summit of the Chinese and Russian-led security bloc the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the port city of Qingdao, but dropped by Beijing first for talks with Xi.

Earlier Saturday, the German government posted on Twitter a photo that shows the leaders and aides.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group a year ago.

The addition of Russian Federation was controversial at the time, but then-President Bill Clinton and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair hoped that its inclusion would help entrench democracy in Russian Federation and integrate it into the world economy. "Russia should be in this meeting", Trump told reporters before leaving the White House South Lawn for Canada, where the summit is being held.

"Russia is more often than not trying deliberately to be a strategic rival, to deliberately counter the good things we're trying to achieve in the world than for no other reason than to just counter them".

Xi placed the large golden medal around Putin's neck at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing in front of dignitaries from both countries. Since then, the group has been known as the G7 again.

"Today crystallises precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected", said Ned Price, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and the National Security Council spokesman under then-President Barack Obama.

The G7 leaders
Image The G7 leaders have gathered in Quebec

Taking stock of the on-going turmoil in war-ridden Afghanistan, Putin said, "It is crucial that we fight the terrorist threat emanating from that country in unison, curb drug production and trafficking and render aid to Afghanistan in its national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilisation". It's a chance for a group of allies to gather together and discuss their common interests and how they might act together to pursue them. He sees every relationship, whether among people or nations, in zero-sum terms.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted worldwide sanctions on Tehran. "The United States has long upheld global law".

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

"We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine". Because as far as Trump is concerned, America is better off alone.

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

During his Sunday remarks, Putin also addressed the situation in North Korea - two days ahead President Trump's planned sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

President Trump doesn't want anything to do with that.

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