Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow

Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his USA counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations.

The conflict fueled speculation about a decisive shift in these global alliances toward what some have called the "G-6 plus one" — a reference to the US standing alone — and appeared to mark a turning point in Trump's relationships with longtime allies. Facing pointed criticism from increasingly disillusioned allies, he punched back, uncowed by the growing global outcry.

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade". But he downplayed the tension, saying, "When it all straightens out, we'll all be in love again".

Trump has suggested that Russian Federation should return to the global group, saying at a news conference Saturday in La Baie, Quebec, Canada: "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". "They should let Russian Federation come back because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

Yet it was his abrupt call to reinstate Russian Federation — kicked out of what was formerly the G-8 over its annexation of Crimea several years ago — that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis
Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis

The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant". The European Union also attends. The meeting between two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council was being closely watched ahead of Trump's planned denuclearization talks on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The G-7 meeting is not a negotiation. Three dramatic United States withdrawals-from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, and the commitment to free trade-executed by the Trump administration in the year since the previous G7 summit, in Sicily, have severely undermined the collective West's ability to lead in global affairs (RIA Novosti, June 9).

Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"The rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor: the United States", said European Council President Donald Tusk.

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on worldwide trade, an official who followed the talks said.

At the G7 summit Mrs May was holding formal face-to-face talks with all of the other leaders - except Mr Trump.

But Mrs May told the BBC: "I have always said we should engage with Russian Federation but my phrase is "engage but beware".

On Saturday, G7 participants slammed Russia's support for the Syrian regime and Moscow's attempts to undermine democracy at a meeting in Quebec City, Canada.

President Trump doesn't want anything to do with that.

"We both believe that the current trade protectionism has increased, and there are many uncertainties in the recovery of the world economy".

Trump says he will depart shortly for Singapore on a "mission of peace". On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and taking questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

Peter Navarro tells "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend.

"Our position has not changed (on Russia)", said Adam Austen, spokesman for Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. "In the interest of all".

"Let's leave the G7 as it's a lucky number at least in our culture", he said. "It's a lucky number".

On Saturday, a Kremlin spokesperson suggested Vienna as a potential meeting location.

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