China's Xi touts Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

China's Xi touts Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he was ready to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump as soon as Washington was ready, adding Vienna could be a possible venue for such a summit.

It also said the countries shared and agreed with Britain's assessment that it is "highly likely" that Russia was responsible for the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain.

Russian Federation was expelled from the grouping in 2014 after it invaded and annexed Crimea and for its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

Trump riled US allies on Friday when he suggested Russian Federation be readmitted to the G7 organization, despite the country's 2014 expulsion because it annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

"It wasn't us who left", Putin said.

G7 leaders demanded Saturday that Russian Federation stop what they described as attempts to undermine democracy and support for the Syrian regime as they closed the door on Moscow's readmission to the club.

And he went on to further warn that the United States, under Mr Trump's presidency, now posed the biggest challenge to West's continued leadership on the global stage.

"I think Putin's probably going, 'Man, I wish Hillary won, '" Trump said.

The G7 in Canada was also an opportunity for Conte to meet European Union leaders for the first time.

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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.

China and Russian Federation lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.

The US president has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his auto after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport, Shandong province, China, June 8, 2018.

Speaking at an worldwide summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, Rouhani said the US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal poses a potential threat to the world.

Xi, speaking just before he put the medal on Putin, called him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people".

Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.

"Both share scepticism towards American hegemony and distrust USA intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said.

Putin took a detour en route to a security summit in the Chinese port city Qingdao in order to accept the medal - China's "highest state honour" awarded to foreigners - at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, reports Singapore-based newspaper The Strait Times.

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