Putin visits China: Trump summit up for discussion

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10 June, 2018

After its annexation of Crimea, the other seven members shrunk the bloc and effectively kicked Russian Federation out until further notice, starting with a summit in 2014. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the U.S. leader said before boarding the presidential jet. "All this tells me that dialogue can be constructive".

"Let's remember why the G8 became the G7".

"Russia is focussed on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

At stake is the risk of tit-for-tat tariffs between the major western economies turning into an unrestrained trade war.

Macron called on other G7 leaders not to water down a joint communique at the end of the summit, at the expense of shared values, simply in an effort to win Trump's signature, warning that a "G6 plus one" outcome was possible.

In one phone call, the Canadian PM scoffed at the idea that Canada posed a national security threat to the USA, the administration's pretext for imposing the steep tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. In 2016, as a candidate, he suggested that he would be open to recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, even though it had been denounced by most of the rest of the world as illegal.

The Trump administration has also been engaged in contentious talks with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

On Thursday, Putin called the tariffs "sanctions" on Canada.

"They didn't tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!"

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Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

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"The president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies", Republican Senator John McCain said.

Their comments prompted a swift retort from the United States leader.

"We generally support the idea".

Trump railed against trade deficits with other countries.

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Such a summit would be the third such meeting of Trump and Putin since Trump took office past year. The only question is: "Will the domestic political situation in the United States allow this to be done?" The European Union also attends.

Some countries have retaliated with their own tariffs on USA products.

It is unclear whether a communique agreed by all will be released when the meeting concludes later on Saturday.

The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant". France's finance minister described the group as "far more a G6 plus one than a G7".

Since the heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia held their first meeting more than three years ago, the three countries have centered on aligning China's Belt and Road Initiative with Russia's development strategies, especially its transcontinental rail plan, and Mongolia's "development path" initiative, deepened cooperation and yielded results, said Xi.

Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.

Canada and other U.S. allies are retaliating with tariffs on USA exports.


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