President Xi Jinping confers upon Vladimir Putin ‘highest state honour of China’

09 June, 2018, 20:48 | Author: Carlos George
  • US trade tariffs are economic sanctions in disguise says Putin

The Group of Seven is kicking off with more Donald Trump threats on trade, cueing up a whirlwind 24 hours of talks between allies before the US president leaves early.

Screenshotting a headline about US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be invited back to the group of nations, Conte tweeted: "I agree with President Trump: Russia should return to the G8".

This year's G7 summit comes at a time, when leaders of seven major economies view the current global order as a historic division between Washington and its major allies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled. Election meddling has also been the focus of an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been looking into whether any Trump associates colluded in Russian efforts.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the U.S. withdrew from last month.

Russian Federation was removed from the summit in 2014 after its forced annexation of Crimea away from Ukraine.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in".

He is set to depart before Saturday's final session on climate change and fly to Singapore for a much-anticipated summit with the leader of North Korea. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies.

Despite the tension, the president was greeted cordially by Trudeau as he arrived at the annual gathering, held this year at a picturesque Quebec resort.

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"Both countries really use their relationship to showcase [that] there is an alternative to the American hegemony, and they've been doing that for a while even before Trump", she said. But there is one thing that I have already mentioned - Trump fulfills his promises given during the election campaign...

At a press conference held subsequent to the signing ceremony, President Xi praised the ever expanding levels of bilateral trade between China and Russian Federation which this year hit an all time high.

"Russia should be at this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House to fly to Canada.

European and Asian stocks indices were down across the board Friday - despite a week of gains in the wake of robust USA jobs data and easing political headwinds in Italy and Spain.

The comments also appear to have caught his own administration off-guard.

One of his followers hit back with: "Innocent people never talk about their right to pardon themselves".

"Let's leave seven as it is", Tusk said.

Russian Federation seemed unconcerned. State news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying, "We are putting the emphasis on other formats".

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