Former Obama Adviser Suggests Trump Is Russia's 'Chief Advocate' and Defender

11 June, 2018, 15:09 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Putin also used the phone-in session to address the case of ex Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia  insisting he wanted Moscow to be part of the assassination probe

Ahead of the annual meeting of G7 leaders, Trump said Russian Federation should be allowed back, a suggestion quickly rejected by Britain, France and Germany.

Putin's comments that he was ready to meet Trump came just a day after the US President rattled G7 leaders at a summit in Canada, where he repeated his appeal to the group to allow Russian Federation back in.

Putin said: 'The US president has repeatedly said that it's reasonable to hold such a meeting.

"We will be ready to greet them all in Moscow", he added, referring to leaders of the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group past year.

"President Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world", Xi said.

The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Putin and Xi have forged closer ties as Trump has labeled both countries economic rivals that challenge United States interests and values.

He added that Russian Federation was ready to "develop, deepen and normalize ties with the United States", noting that the next move was for Washington to make.




Former Vice President Joe Biden denounced Trump's remarks, writing on Twitter, "Putin's Russian Federation invaded its neighbors, violated our sovereignty by undermining elections, and attacks dissidents overseas".

"For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it's safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams".

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

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

China and Russian Federation have been moving closer amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington on economic and military fronts, and as Moscow struggles with US-led sanctions. If Hillary got in, I think Putin is probably going, 'Man I wish Hillary won, ' because you see what I do. The bloc includes China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.

Trump announced the US would leave what he called the "horrible" Iran nuclear accord in May.

Meeting Rouhani on the sidelines of the Qingdao conference, Xi said separately the nuclear agreement helped promote peace and stability in the Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation.

US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 global pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear programme in return for the easing of economic sanctions.

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