Monday, 22 October, 2018

Xi gifts Putin China's friendship medal

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping Trump says that Russia should be reinstated as a G8 member
Kenny Thornton | 11 June, 2018, 15:08

"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.

President Mamnoon Hussain and his Iran counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed to bolster economic ties between the countries in a meeting held on Saturday in Qingdao, China. "As soon as the USA side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule".

"Russia stands for the consistent, rigorous implementation of the JCPOA and would continue to honour all our commitments", Putin further said.

Putin added that although he met with President Trump at various worldwide venues, they never got an opportunity to discuss Russian-U.S. relations.

"President Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world", Xi said. "Russian Federation welcomes the forthcoming US-North Korean summit and notes China's great contribution to the resolution of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula".

Putin responded: 'It wasn't us who left. His remarks come a day after President Donald Trump proposed the inclusion of Russian Federation in the G7 Summit. So far the prime minister has said only that Italy remains a committed member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a special ally of the U.S., and that he will push for a review of sanctions against Russian Federation. It was the first violation of a European country's borders since World War II.

While the suggestion is likely to draw the ire of the Western political establishment, the recently installed Italian prime minister was quick to endorse Trump's suggestion. In general, I believe it is a technical issue.

China Has No Evidence of Alleged Illness of US Diplomats
The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home. Recall that from China sent several American diplomats and their family members to undergo medical examinations.

"I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely", Trump said.

US-Russian relations have been hit by years of disagreement over the Syrian conflict, Russia's annexation of Crimea and its involvement in eastern Ukraine.

"At any rate, we are ready for this", Putin said Thursday in an interview published Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

Earlier today, Putin criticised the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

He mentioned the recent withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Nuclear Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iranian nuclear deal as he said, "this could de-stablise the situation".

President Donald Trump announced last month the U.S. was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions that would hit global businesses working in the Islamic republic. The agreement, put into place in 2015 under President Barack Obama, lifted worldwide economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country to limit its nuclear program. Trump's suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation was unlikely to gain any traction at the gathering of the group that includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

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