As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club

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Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first recipient of China's friendship medal on Friday, with Chinese President Xi Jinping calling the foreign leader his "best, most intimate friend".

Commenting on the G-7's statement, Putin said: "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

While his administration has hit the country with sanctions over its "malign activity around the globe", Trump himself has appeared reluctant to punish Putin.

Putin said that Moscow would support full-fledged Iranian membership in the group.

He also resumes his criticism against Canada for unfairly charging tariffs on dairy products heading to the United States. He says he agrees with that, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

Addressing Sunday's summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China, Putin said a new agreement approved by the bloc spells out plans for joint anti-terror efforts for the next three years.

The US withdrawal, he said, "can further destabilize the situation" but Russian Federation is in favor of the "unconditional implementation" of the pact. Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned about the threat U-S unilateralism poses to the world.

"Myself and President Putin agreed, in the face of a complex global situation, that China and Russian Federation will increase mutual support and coordination in worldwide affairs, and deepen strategic cooperation".

Xi and Putin and others pledged their support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew the USA last month.

Vienna has been discussed as a possible venue for a summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Kremlin said Saturday. He added that Russian Federation will continue to honor the agreement, which offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

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

'It wasn't us who left, ' he said.

He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the US presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

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