Kremlin floats Vienna as possible host of Trump-Putin meeting

Jun 10, 2018, 01:46
Kremlin floats Vienna as possible host of Trump-Putin meeting

His early exit means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the US stance on trade and Mr. Trump's abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russian Federation be re-admitted to the elite grouping. On Friday, Mr Trump made a surprise call for Moscow to be readmitted, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said other members were against the idea.

Vienna has been discussed as a possible venue for a summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Kremlin said Saturday.

The US president also repeated his call for Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table.

'I will be on a mission of peace and will carry in my heart the hearts of millions of people, all over the world, ' he said before his journey.

The proposal comes following two days of testy back-and-forth comments on trade between the U.S. president and Washington's Canadian and European allies.

"We're not looking to play games", he said.

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Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariff on steel and aluminum imports, even those from close United States allies. "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"If you have a strategy, do not explain your strategy before the meeting - because if you are explaining your strategy before the meeting, you are losing your strategy", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit in Canada for his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", they said in the statement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the US president.

The US president was very much the odd man out on climate change during the G7 in Italy past year, later announcing his intention to withdraw from the landmark Paris agreement.

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The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the official's remarks about Trump.

G7 participants were also angered by Trump's stance on climate climate - a key issue on the group's agenda. Canadians, for example, said Trudeau pushed back firmly on Trumps imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

May pleaded with fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a damaging trade war at a session of the summit on Friday night. There is nothing they can say. He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he wanted to see the elimination of trade barriers between the United States and its closest allies amid tensions over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico.

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".

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