Happy to meet Trump whenever U.S. is ready: Putin

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2018

President Donald Trump doubled down on his suggestion that Russian Federation be re-admitted into the G-7 in an impromptu presser on Saturday morning from the summit in Canada.

Although G7 leaders ignored US President Donald Trump's proposal to invite back Moscow into the club, Putin said he would be happy to be readmitted.

Putin says "Russia welcomes the planned summit of the US and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula".

"As soon as the USA side is ready, this meeting shall take place, of course, fitting my working schedule".

Following the end of the summit, the U.S. president said he would invite Italy's new PM to the White House, praising him and Italians for the March 4 elections' outcome.

During a call with Putin in March Trump was urged to discuss allegations of Russian meddling and to condemn a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England earlier this month.

Given all the mischief Vladimir Putin creates, it can be easy to forget that Russian Federation is only the 12th-largest economy in the world, about 1/14th the size of the US.

As he travelled to Quebec City for the meeting of the Group of Seven industrialised economies, Trump mused last Friday that Russian Federation ought to be brought back to the group - for no discernible reason.

China and Russian Federation pledged to support each other on key global issues during a summit in Beijing on Friday, as the two sides hailed an "all-time high" in bilateral ties amid strained relations with the US.

Meanwhile, Putin and Trump have mentioned Vienna as a possible venue for their summit, but no decision has been made, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Qingdao yesterday. Now, I love our country.

"At any rate, we are ready for this", Putin said Thursday in an interview published Saturday, according to the New York Daily News. "I have been Russia's worst nightmare", Trump said, in apparent reference to accusations that he has been soft on Moscow.

"I fully agree with him", he said, adding that personal meetings and work by experts are needed to tackle the issue. The bloc includes China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign relations committee in Russia's upper house of parliament has said that the country should only rejoin the group on its terms - "with sanctions removed and interests respected".

Nuclear power deals signed by the two leaders in Beijing - the biggest such cooperation agreements between the two countries that were reached after more than two years of negotiation - cover three projects including the Tianwan plant in Jiangsu and the Xudabao facility in Liaoning, state-run China National Nuclear Corporation said in a statement. "And if it's not fixed, then we're not going to deal with these countries".

The Friendship Medal of the People's Republic of China was presented to Mr Putin personally by Chinese President Xi Jinping in a grand ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday (June 8).

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