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

The pair collapsed in Salisbury earlier this year and were in critical condition for weeks before recovering

The pair collapsed in Salisbury earlier this year and were in critical condition for weeks before recovering

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions. Trump, however, suggested that the G7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation.

"I agree with him, and to have a meaningful discussion, our ministries of foreign affairs and experts should get involved and work closely together, and of course a meeting in person is necessary", Putin told reporters at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao, China.

Since the heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia held their first meeting more than three years ago, the three countries have centered on aligning China's Belt and Road Initiative with Russia's development strategies, especially its transcontinental rail plan, and Mongolia's "development path" initiative, deepened cooperation and yielded results, said Xi.

"Now, I love our country". Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery. "Back in the day, colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation due to certain reasons".

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Trump and Putin have spoken by phone eight times, according to readouts distributed by the White House.

"But I believe it's a technical issue", he said.

Its trade ties with Russian Federation are worth several tens of billions of euros each year, while several leading figures in both the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, the two populist parties that make up the coalition government, have expressed personal admiration for President Vladimir Putin. "We supported the Ukrainian government to build up its defensive military capacity, and along with our G7 partners, we agreed that Russian Federation should no longer be part of this community of the G8".

The bloc has its own tensions lurking below the surface, as China seeks to use the group as a vehicle to promote its Belt and Road Initiative, a vast infrastructure-building program that runs through Russia's strategic backyard.

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"The US unilateralism was not good for the world".

Russian President Vladimir Putin too sounded critical of the United States decision, saying the move may destabilise the Gulf region.

Conte was commenting from the G7 summit in Canada, where the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada and the United States are gathered for top-level talks.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said, "Asking Russia to rejoin the G7 is not something we are even remotely looking at".

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European Union President Donald Tusk, who was also attending summit, also rejected Trump's suggestion.

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