Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Times Trump Helped Putin When He Probably Shouldn't Have Done

Times Trump Helped Putin When He Probably Shouldn't Have Done

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Beijing. Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday. I may have had a much different attitude, so you'd really have to ask that question of President Obama, you know - why did he do that? why did he do that?

Putin said he shares Trump's expression of concern about a renewed arms race expressed in a March phone call.

"Russia is focussed on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scoffed at the G-7's accusations against Russia as mere "chatter".

The member countries are Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and Britain. "In the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russian Federation out, they should let Russian Federation come back in".

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 US election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.

Another posting says he is looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with the G7 countries. Trump said in Washington as he was departing for the summit in Canada.

He said that the Chinese President was the only state leader "who celebrated his birthday with him", sharing vodka and sausage.

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.

Trump's rejection of the global climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, supported by the European Union and Canada is going to be another flashpoint in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Washington and its Western allies.

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russian Federation are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following the U.S.' withdrawal from the pact.

Mr Xi told media after their meeting that both he and his Russian counterpart felt "the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable".

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