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

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Putin's claim that "our colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation due to known reasons at some point", is true and refers to Russia's second presidency in 2014, when the G-8 summit was supposed to take place in June in Sochi, the city where Russian Federation hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Expelled from the club of rich nations in 2014 after it seized Crimea from Ukraine, Russia has tried to rebrand itself as an Asian power rather than a European one, abandoning visions once eagerly embraced by Putin of a common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

The G-7 still represents almost half the world's total gross domestic product, but it has slipped behind the nations of the SCO, when economic power is measured using a formula that adjusts for the relative value of currencies and their purchasing power.

The Kremlin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have mentioned Vienna as a possible venue for their summit, but no decision has been made.

"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

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Trump claimed America had been forced to levy the metal tariffs as it has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were equally determined to protect "rules-based" global trade.

For its part, Russian Federation allows China to show the United States that it has "other options" in worldwide negotiations, she said.

Dismissing everything you might have heard from Sean Hannity, you have to ask yourself, "What the fuck does Putin have on Trump?"

"This Group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities".

China and Russian Federation have been moving closer amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington on economic and military fronts, and as Moscow struggles with US-led sanctions.

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"Cooperation with China is one of Russia's top priorities and it has reached an unprecedented level", Putin said.

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team. The US move has prompted retaliation by some countries. That's an idea he just can not wrap his head around.

"We can differently assess decisions that are taken by the United States, including by the USA president".

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the USA was responsible for the problem with tariffs. Because as far as Trump is concerned, America is better off alone.

Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be". "Everyone agreed, including President Trump".

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Trump headed to the G-7 meeting after his administration imposed sanctions on those nations participating, likely making for a fractious summit.

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