Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

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President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said in a meeting on Saturday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that more dialogue is needed between Tehran and Moscow now that Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal.

Russian Federation supports China's proposal for a "dual track" and "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 United States and South Korea. We have agreed, and we have signed [with China] a declaration on further cooperation in the political domain, and in the fight with various threats.

In the US, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favour.

The China-Russia relations, standing at a high level, have benefited the two peoples and served as a model of harmonious coexistence of major countries and neighboring countries.

The three countries are neighbors and traditional strategic partners to each other, and enjoy natural advantages and a good foundation for cooperation, he said.

"We should reject self-centered, shortsighted and closed-door policies", said Xi, whose own country has been accused of restricting broad access for foreign firms to its huge market.

Russian Federation has not asked to rejoin the group of the world's leading economies and is perfectly happy working with the larger G20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, June 9, a day after US President Donald Trump called for Russia's return.

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Peskov's comments come a day after Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of the world's leading nations, known as the G7, a step that would end Russia's worldwide isolation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. "Please, we'll be happy to see everyone there, in Moscow", Putin stated.

Donilon also criticized Trump for isolating the United States at a summit where it used to be the leader.

"The US president himself repeatedly said that he would consider such a meeting helpful".

Putin said in the interview that personal meetings are useful. "As soon as the US side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule". There are some European countries, including Austria, among them...

"This leads me to believe that dialogue may prove to be constructive", the Russian leader added.

"It's important for such meetings - if they take place - to have concrete contents". "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, says Trump has voiced concern about a renewed arms race.

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