Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Putin welcomes Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore

Putin welcomes Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore

"Russia calls for strict and consistent implementation of this plan", Putin stated.

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, says Trump has voiced concern about a renewed arms race. "We share and agree with the United Kingdom's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation", the G7 statement said. G7 leaders demanded Saturday that Russian Federation stop what they described as attempts to undermine democracy and support for the Syrian regime as they closed the door on Moscow's readmission to the club.

"I cordially congratulate you on the state holiday - Russia Day".

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a reception marking Russia Day at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on June 12, 2018.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of the Skripals with a nerve agent in March in the British city of Salisbury, the accusations Moscow has vehemently denied. Trump said on Friday that Russian Federation should have attended a Group of Seven summit in Canada over the weekend, an idea that even Moscow seemed to reject saying it was focused on other formats. "Everyone demonstrated solidarity with London over a certain event in Salisbury but nothing concrete was said again", Putin said. The bloc includes China, Russia, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, India and Pakistan.

Earlier Sunday, Putin criticized the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

Addressing the summit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country has an observer status in the group, said that Iran would expect other participants in the nuclear deal to provide guarantees that they would honor the agreement.

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