Putin calls for boosting trade ties among SCO members

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Italy's new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti expressed similar sentiment. Moscow was invited into the G7 in 1997, but was suspended from participation in the reformatted G8 in 2014, after its invasion of Ukraine.

Putin was speaking at the end of the Shanghai grouping's annual meeting of leaders in the Chinese port city of Qingdao. The group, which welcomed new members India and Pakistan, as well as the presidents of Iran and Mongolia, pledged to increase cooperation on energy and agriculture and create more favourable conditions on trade and investment.

"The president's support for inviting Russian Federation back into the G-7, just after they meddled in the election to support his campaign, will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions", Schumer said. At present, the disunited Western democracies can not pretend to set the rules for the disorderly rest of the world (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, June 9).

Before he left for the summit in Canada, Trump said to reporters that he had been Russia's "worst nightmare" but argued the country should be part of the economic talks.

Then President Trump tweeted: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" Yet, at the same time, it may have, on some level, been an attempt to remind Moscow where it used to belong and could still return if it was willing to put in the effort at self-reinvention. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called the move "weak" and added that Russian President Vladimir Putin "is not our friend and he is not the president's buddy".

Putin stressed that the World Cup is a chance for visitors to learn about Russia's "identity and culture, its unique history and natural diversity; its hospitable, honest and friendly people".

"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. And the Kremlin has repeatedly signaled its readiness to make haste with the preparations (RIA Novosti, June 9).

Trump and Putin are in an opposite situation.

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Trudeau has made the issue of gender equality a priority for the gathering.

This de-confliction is crucial for preventing another direct clash between USA and Russian forces, like the one in February (see EDM, February 15, 20)-confirmed by Trump but denied by Putin, who keeps praising the "noble mission" of the Russian intervention (RIA Novosti, June 7). "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron wrote.

But details are scant so far, and clear differences are remaining.

He also blamed ex-President Barack Obama for the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation.

Russian Federation supports China's proposal for a "suspension-for-suspension" approach that calls for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile testing in exchange for a halt to joint military exercises between the USA and South Korea.

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

Both Moscow and Trump have denied any such activity. But if it occurs, it will undoubtedly be sudden. Putin keeps trying to talk Russia's economy into revival, but stagnation remains the best the country can hope for. For Russia, shaking off the depressing downturn of Putinism will always be a possibility, however remote.

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