As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club

BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Putin spoke Sunday at a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Qingdao, China.

The statement made no mention of Russian Federation being invited back into the group from which it was kicked out in response to its 2014 annexation of Crimea, despite US President Donald Trump's insistence that the club would be better off if it brought Russian Federation back into the fold.

Speaking in Qingdao, China, where Putin is attending a regional summit, Peskov said, "there have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now".

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the U.S. leader said before boarding the presidential jet.

The U.S. leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

The group demonstrated solidarity in pledging to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, a major source of G-7 contention after Trump's withdrawal last month.

During the meeting, President Mamnoon said connectivity between Gwadar and Chabahar ports will further strengthen Pak-Iran relations.

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).

"Russia has done nothing to earn its way back to the table", Donilon also said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his United States counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

"We think North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time", President Trump said at a press conference at the G7 meeting in Canada on Saturday.

Founded in 2001, the Beijing-based bloc was originally conceived as a vehicle for resolving border issues, fighting terrorism and - more implicitly - to counter American influence in Central Asia following its invasion of Afghanistan.

Putin, who has previously told Europe he had warned them about the trade threat Washington posed to them, also said that if Trump imposed new tariffs on imports of foreign cars it would have serious consequences for the global economy and especially for Europe.

Authorities emptied an entire oceanside swathe of the city - clearing out shopkeepers, residents and day-trippers to make way for Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Wang Huning read out the order of award, which is conferred to recognize Putin's long-time devotion and important contribution to good neighborliness and friendship between Russian Federation and China, and to the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

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