Russians marking Day of Russia

Russians marking Day of Russia

Leaders of the G7 nations spent Friday hunting for a face saving formula to mask the deep rift inflicted on the Western alliance by United States president Donald Trump's assault on global trade rules.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. But after Russia's intervention in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, Western leaders sought to isolate Vladimir Putin's government. SCO states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics and new members Pakistan and India. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who USA intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

Macron said, in part, "sometimes we disagree but we always speak and share I think common concerns and common values, and we share a willingness to deliver and get results together".

Increasingly isolated and hearing talk that the clashes are transforming the Group of Seven into "G-6, plus one", Trump further stirred the pot by asking why Russian Federation wasn't included in the group.

Merkel said it was not clear whether the group would issue a final directive, adding that failure to do so would be an honest reflection of the lack of agreement among Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

The president also greeted all Russians on the occasion of the country's national day, which is "a symbol of a free and future-oriented Russia" and "marks the greatness of its centuries-long history, and the victories and accomplishments of many generations".

We have to treat this very accurately and carefully, such phenomenon has its place in the world, it is developing!

That's why he sees it as such a great and brilliant victory that he pulled us out of a series of worldwide agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Climate Accord, the Iran nuclear agreement.

Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis
Charlevoix Canada. From left British Prime Minis

He, however, added that the combined purchasing power of the Russian Federation and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a meeting of which he was attending in China, outstripped the G7.

In early April, Kremlin aide Vladimir Ushakov said Trump had proposed a meeting with Putin during a telephone call.

G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, but they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders.

Putin's comments come as Trump's relations erode with key allies, including lashing out Saturday at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump's trade policies at the conclusion of the summit in Canada.

President Trump doesn't want anything to do with that.

Trump says they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

But to Trump, the very idea of worldwide cooperation is anathema.

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