Putin calls for boosting trade ties among SCO members

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

Trump wants Russia to rejoin G-7

Russian Federation held the G-8 presidency first in 2006 with a summit in St. Petersburg. I have been Russia's worst nightmare. "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?"

"Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?" They also noted the importance of "bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent".

"We are looking for peace in the world, we are not looking to play games". "Colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation on well-known grounds". He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

Let's set the context here.

Putin, speaking after the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Chinese port city of Qingdao, said Sunday that it was the other member states' decision to skip a scheduled summit in Russian Federation in 2014 and that they are welcome to Russian Federation.

It was always an awkward fit, however, not just because of the rampant corruption in post-Soviet Russia and the fact that unlike the other democracies it has been ruled by a strongman for the past 18 years, but also because Russia is neither an ally of the other countries nor an important economic power.

The president says the U.S.is "pretty close" to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement and discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal. The addition of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan have also raised questions about the group's long-term cohesiveness. And both Trump and Putin would presumably prefer to achieve a sensational breakthrough without compromising on any matters of prestige. Such tumultuous trade policy has grown into a major irritant in relations with allies, including Canada and France, which had earlier been ready to go a long mile to build rapport with the maverick United States president (Forbes.ru, June 8).

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"What we did this weekend, was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues".

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team. Either we're the victor or the loser, and if it's not obvious that we're the victor then we must be the loser, the chump, the sap, the sucker.

"Italy's global position is absolutely not in question, but we are certainly in favour of dialogue and we are very attentive that sanctions should not impact Russian civil society", Conte said, according to Italy's public news agency, ANSA. "It is partially used in Japan, but in other countries it doesn't work", he said.

The document showed the group of rich, developed nations remained divided in the crucial area of protecting the planet from climate change - and it gave a clear statement that the United States remained the outlier. This too is revealing.

"The American president may not mind being isolated", Macron tweeted, "but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be".

So things are going great!

Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

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