Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow

Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated to G-7

Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated to G-7

His comments stood in marked contrast to remarks that Trump made during the summit of the Group of 7 major economic powers over the weekend in Quebec, where he lashed out at traditional allies such as Canada and said Russian Federation ought to be invited to rejoin.

At the same time he downplayed tensions at the acrimonious G7 meeting in Quebec City, after Trump disowned the joint summit statement and lambasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. The Shanghai organization, which Beijing began in 2001 as an alternative to USA -dominated diplomatic groups, includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan and the nations of Central Asia.

Although Trump has spoken frequently of making Russian Federation a closer ally, his administration has nevertheless imposed numerous sanctions packages for human rights violations, meddling in the 2016 USA election and other acts.

The G-7 meeting is not a negotiation. I am confident that our joint efforts will continue to be aimed at further strengthening of the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russian Federation in the interests of our peoples and countries, which are traditionally linked by close ties of friendship and good-neighborliness.

Taking stock of the on-going turmoil in war-ridden Afghanistan, Putin said, "It is crucial that we fight the terrorist threat emanating from that country in unison, curb drug production and trafficking and render aid to Afghanistan in its national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilisation".

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All very freaky, although pretty clever the way he was able to say the name "Russia" so many times in one little blurt.

Mr Trump was already at odds with the rest of the group - the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - over the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium.

"We have been a faithful player to this commitment, we've done our best, we've shown our good intentions".

"The experience I have with the US President shows that, despite the fact that his actions are often criticized, especially recently, including in the global arena and in the area of economy, nevertheless, this experience shows me that he is a reasonable man, he knows how to listen and responds to the arguments given by the interlocutor". He said a meeting could take place as soon as the United States was ready and that many European countries had offered their help in making it happen.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that Trump was turning U.S. foreign policy "into an global joke, doing lasting damage to our country".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier told TASS that the Foreign Ministry was making comprehensive preparations for a meeting between the Russian and United States presidents.

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Trump is telling reporters that he told world leaders that the USA will take whatever steps necessary to prevent unfair foreign trade practices.

Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the USA and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend.

In an effort to counter propaganda, the G7 leaders agreed to work together to assert a "common narrative and response" to incidents.

The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, signalling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada.

Canada was swift to reject the idea.

"Our relationship is very good", Trump said.

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At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders.

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