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With a friend like Trump, who needs an enemy?

The G7 summit hasn’t concluded yet the media has already predicted its outcome Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping
Ellis Copeland | 11 June, 2018, 15:10

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticised US "unilateralism" in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and said on Sunday he appreciated efforts by China and Russian Federation to maintain the agreement.

The statement made no mention of Russian Federation being invited back into the group from which it was kicked out in response to its 2014 annexation of Crimea, despite US President Donald Trump's insistence that the club would be better off if it brought Russian Federation back into the fold.

"The US president himself repeatedly said that he would consider such a meeting helpful".

"I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the USA court", the Russian president said.

At the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this weekend, Messrs.

At this week's G7 summit, where he caused consternation by refusing to sign a joint statement, Trump said: 'I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in'. The European Council President responded by saying, "We will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining makes no sense at all". On Xi's last visit to Moscow, in July 2017, Putin made him a member of the Order of St Andrew, Russia's highest chivalric order. Now, I love our country.

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"For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it's safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams", he said in a statement to CNN.

"There have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now", Peskov said. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign relations committee in Russia's upper house of parliament has said that the country should only rejoin the group on its terms - "with sanctions removed and interests respected". If Hillary got in, I think Putin is probably going, 'Man I wish Hillary won, ' because you see what I do.

"We (have) always been clear we should engage with Russian Federation where it is in our interests, but we need to remember why G8 became the G7, it was because Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea", a European diplomat said Friday.

"As soon as it is possible", he said when asked about the meeting's possible date.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in", Trump said Saturday before he left the gathering to travel to Singapore. The agreement, put into place in 2015 under President Barack Obama, lifted worldwide economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country to limit its nuclear program.

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