Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump


The most powerful Russian and Chinese leaders in decades, Putin and Xi have forged closer ties as US President Donald Trump has labelled both countries economic rivals that challenge US interests and values.

"You know, whether you like it or not - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run", Trump said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the Rossiya-1's Saturday News with Sergei Brilev show that he expects his United States counterpart Donald Trump to fulfill his election promises concerning the improvement in relations with Moscow.

Professor Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's Institute of International Studies, also said the award was a clear signal to the United States that if it increased pressure on both countries, it would mean both China and Russian Federation would have no choice but to increase cooperation so they can jointly deal with Washington.

Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. The interview was recorded on Thursday - before Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the Group of Seven countries - and published on Saturday.

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada. There'd been speculation Trump would cancel his appearance at the meeting amid widespread criticism from allies over steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the recent weeks.

"We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly".

Trump repeatedly praised Putin during the 2016 campaign.

In the days leading up to the summit, Trudeau and Macron have severely criticized Trump's new tariffs, which critics say threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

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In response to Brilev's question as to whether he was concerned about the possibility that even if friendly relations were established between the two presidents, the United States may still put forward conditions unacceptable for Russia, Putin said that "it does not work with anyone".

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted.

Trump will then duck out mid-morning to begin his almost 20-hour journey to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, a tete-a-tete created to encourage the rogue state to end its nuclear program.

The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

After rumours there would be no joint closing statement because of the divisions, President Trump told reporters he believed there would be one after all.

Trump argued that Moscow was too important to isolate.

At a photo op at the start of a head-to-head meeting with Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Trump joked that "Justin" had agreed to drop all trade tariffs, then insisted the two countries are making progress on North American free-trade agreement trade talks. "Maybe we should come up with a new slogan", he said.

"It's a lucky number", Tusk said. He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the USA presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.