Italy's Conte give backing for Russia's return to G8

Italy's Conte give backing for Russia's return to G8

Italy's Conte give backing for Russia's return to G8

The Chinese president said the three countries should push the construction of the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor, actively explore cooperation in areas such as infrastructure interconnectivity, and promote sub-regional cooperation in adjacent areas of the three countries.

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.

He added that Moscow will continue to honour its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

Russian Federation has not asked to rejoin the group of the world's leading economies and is perfectly happy working with the larger G20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, June 9, a day after US President Donald Trump called for Russia's return.

Speaking to AFP in Lithuania's capital Vilnius, senior Iranian official Massoumeh Ebtekar said Iran hoped European powers, Russian Federation and China would confirm their willingness to uphold the deal "as soon as possible because Iran can not wait forever".

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in the G-7 Working Session with Outreach Countries and International Organizations at the G-7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Noting that Russian Federation and other members of the Eurasian Economic Union "also have disputes and do not unanimously sign everything at the same time", he played down the furor over Trump's undiplomatic diplomacy: "We can see that there are internal problems there".

"As soon as the US side is ready, this meeting shall take place, of course, fitting my working schedule".

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He also reminisced to a Chinese broadcaster early this week about celebrating his birthday with Xi in 2013: "I won't hide it, we had a shot of vodka and sliced some sausage".

Russian Federation had earlier been suspended from the summit in 2014 when it had annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, one of the first violations of a European country's borders to be carried out after World War II.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in", Trump said Saturday before he left the gathering to travel to Singapore. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.

"It's in everyone's interests", Conte added, in an echo of Trump's own words after the combative United States president shocked both his allies and those back in his own country when he announced in Washington that, "Russia should be in (sic) this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House.

Putin said the G7 countries "again" failed to provide any evidence that his country was behind the Skripal poisoning in the southwest of England.

As trade grows, the two countries are promoting settlements in ruble and yuan, bypassing the United States dollar and other Western currencies.

Moscow has denied any interference, and U.S. President Donald Trump has denied any collusion.

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