Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group previous year.

Taking to Twitter, Sanders said, "I find it very unusual that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world's major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticised US "unilateralism" in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and said on Sunday he appreciated efforts by China and Russian Federation to maintain the agreement.

Trump claimed America had been forced to levy the metal tariffs as it has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were equally determined to protect "rules-based" worldwide trade.

"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.

Putin meanwhile said Russian Federation would work with China on the North Korean nuclear issue, ahead of the highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

The American leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

The two met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State Summit in Qingdoa, China. 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.

Putin said the bloc's new counterterrorism agreement foresees joint drills, exchanging information and conducting coordinated anti-terror action.

Presenting the Russian president with the Friendship Award, Xi first paid tribute to Putin as a "good and old friend of the Chinese people".

Addressing the SCO leaders seated, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the addition of Pakistan and India means that the organisation "has become even stronger".

"As for Russia's return to the G7, G8 - we never left it", Putin said.

The two leaders discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March telephone call and talked about locations, he said.

He also blamed former US President Barack Obama for Russia's move into that nation. The Kremlin has denied allegations by the USA and some European countries that Russian Federation interfered in their elections.

Speaking during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao on Sunday, Putin emphasized that the bloc members are anxious about the USA move.

Now in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the pact, "SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement", said Dawn Murphy, professor of worldwide security studies at the U.S. Air War College.

Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

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