Putin ready to meet Trump over arms race concerns

The G7 summit hasn’t concluded yet the media has already predicted its outcome

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the US was responsible for the problem with tariffs. But Russia was suspended from the group in 2014 after it annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

President Donald Trump suggested ahead of arriving at the G-7 summit Friday that the group offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation.

During the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the assembled leaders, including Rouhani, that the U.S. withdrawal could "destabilise the situation" but Moscow still supports the "unconditional implementation" of the deal.

Nearly immediately after US President Donald J. Trump caused a major rift in the Euro-Atlantic alliance by castigating his closest allies in the UK, Canada, and Germany by refusing to endorse a communique that called for an global, rules-based trade regime, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte joined Trump in further infuriating the Western alliance by for Russia's return to the worldwide forum.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that he's happy to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit and welcomed Trump's call to bring Moscow back into the G-7 group of leading industrialized nations. Putin added that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

Before he left for the summit in Canada, Trump said to reporters that he had been Russia's "worst nightmare" but argued the country should be part of the economic talks.

Putin's remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who USA intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win. They include China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.

France and Germany have criticized President Donald Trump for threatening to pull the United States out of a joint statement with key G7 allies.

In a new television feature introduced in Russia this year, called "Direct Line", bloggers and vloggers are allowed to ask questions to the Russian President on behalf of their followers.

The US president has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that Russian Federation had any substantive effect on his 2016 election, despite the verdict of his own spy agencies and a major FBI investigation that has looked into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

"The time for negotiations is coming to an end and if Europe considers itself capable of maintaining the nuclear agreement, it must announce its decision explicitly and promptly, as otherwise Iran will take the next steps with regards to nuclear and other issues", he added.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country has observer status at the SCO, attended the summit, making his first foreign trip since the US's decision.

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