Putin supports dialogue in all areas, Kremlin says after Trump G7 invitation

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russian Federation will vote on July 1 on constitutional reforms that could extend his rule beyond 2024, pressing ahead with the plan despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump discussed the OPEC+ deal, just days before the producers' alliance meets to discuss the future of its output cuts.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke but provided no details on the conversation.

Britain and Canada have since spoken out against the idea of readmitting Russian Federation to a forum it was expelled from in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimea region from Ukraine.

"Its continued disrespect and flaunting of global rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7 and why it will continue to remain out", Trudeau said.

"President Putin is a supporter of dialogue in all directions, but in this case, in order to respond to such initiatives, we need to receive more information, which we unfortunately do not have", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

It said Trump "informed", Putin of his plan to hold a rescheduled G7 "with the possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea", without making further comment.

Trump told reporters on May 30 that the current membership of the G7 - the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, Japan, Italy, and France - was "outdated" and doesn't properly represent "what's going on in the world".

The group's presidency rotates annually among member countries.

"It was stated that this multilateral agreement, reached with the active support of the presidents of Russian Federation and the United States, would lead to a gradual restoration of oil demand and price stabilization", it said.

The Russian president also congratulated Trump on Saturday's launch of two USA astronauts aboard the Dragon spacecraft built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company, the Kremlin readout said.

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