Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling', calls for cooperation

11 June, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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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 a year ago.

Moscow remains committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, addressing an extended session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in China's Qingdao.

"The president of the United States himself has repeatedly said that he considered such a meeting appropriate, and I confirm that this is indeed the case".

At the G-7 gathering in Canada on Friday, Trump suggested that Russian Federation be offered a seat at the "negotiating table" of the organization, which was previously called the G-8 before Russian Federation was ousted for annexing Crimea in 2014.

He then pointed out the combined purchasing power of the Russian Federation and China-led Shanghai Co-operation Organisation outstripped the G7 which now includes Britain, the US, Canada, Japan, Italy, France and Germany.

India keen to actively participate in SCO's activities: PM Modi
India, along with Pakistan , became the full-time member during Astana summit in June 2017. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Earlier on Sunday, Putin criticised the United States withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

The Russian leader said he shares concerns that Trump has voiced about a renewed arms race, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

The Russia-China relations are at their best level in history and have set a good example for state-to-state relations in the present world, which has played an important role in safeguarding global peace, security and stability, Putin said.

During the meeting, President Mamnoon expressed the hope that all parties of the Iran nuclear deal would continue to implement the agreement and uphold their commitments. It can only be conferred on a foreigner who has made outstanding contributions in promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and in maintaining world peace.

Its member states also include four former Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India.

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Russian Federation was expelled from the group four years ago as a effect to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. President Trump's remarks were so free-wheeling that the panel on MSNBC's AM Joy wondered about his "state of mind".

Reports said the Kremlin has reached out to Austria about hosting a meeting between Trump and Putin sometime this summer.

Putin also lambasted Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, saying the decision could "destabilize the situation" in the region.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned about the threat U-S unilateralism poses to the world. Tensions mounted between the Trump administration and fellow G7 members Canada, Germany and France when the United States imposed steep tariffs on imported metals from the countries.

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

Meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Xi lauded their relationship.

Workers cautiously resume rescue efforts near Guatemala volcano
Volcanologists have also warned nearby residents to be wary of mudslides in the next coming days which are also extremely unsafe . According to a CNN report, CONRED head Sergio Garcia Cabanas said around 1.7 million people had been affected by the eruption.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the global accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the USA withdrew from last month.

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