Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Putin says G-7 criticism of Russian Federation is 'chatter'

Putin says G-7 criticism of Russian Federation is 'chatter'

"The US efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all", Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russian Federation where Iran has observer status.

The Russian prez said he did not discuss meeting venue but "many" countries including Austria are willing to help organise such a summit.

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

When he said, "It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", you have to wonder who he meant by "we". The group used to be called G8 before Russia's membership was suspended in 2014 after the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis. If the G-7 were to expand, it should include India and Brazil, both democracies that have larger economies than Russia's.

He emphasized the need for the group to closely follow the situation in Afghanistan to fend off the threats posed by militants in the country.

Earlier on Sunday, Putin said he's happy to meet with President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", the president posted on Twitter. The US president noted that he would recommend the G7 leaders to readmit Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn't be pushed around by the USA and its trade tariffs.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday criticized USA "uniliteralism" in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and said he appreciated efforts by China and Russian Federation to maintain the agreement. The two South Asian nations joined the bloc as full members a year ago.

"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 said to reporters at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao, China.

US President Donald Trump last month announced that the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear activities and allow in global inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

Trump has now exited three major treaties - the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear accord - and thrown into doubt the future of another - the North American Free Trade Agreement - while launching a reckless trade war against our closest allies.

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