Vienna possible venue for Trump-Putin summit

Jun 10, 2018, 01:33
Vienna possible venue for Trump-Putin summit

And at the same time, the U.S. president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to worldwide relations.

This summit started very badly, and it could end without the usual communique agreed by all.

"Russia is focussed on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

The president has faced criticism at home in recent days for his softened rhetoric on Russian Federation, including his call for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the G-7 group of nations.

During a call with Putin in March Trump was urged to discuss allegations of Russian meddling and to condemn a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England earlier this month.

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China and Russian Federation expanded their ties manifold in recent years as Putin is under increasing pressure from the USA and Europe.

Trump flew to the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, after making the comments on Russian Federation.

"The rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor: the United States", said European Council President Donald Tusk.

President Donald Trump arrives for the G7 Summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Canada. And I'll tell you what, it's what I do. "Not fair to our farmers!", his Twitter feed states.

The agreement is based on greater intelligence sharing between the countries of the G7 group of industrialised nations - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the U.S. - and aims to identify, prevent and respond to hostile state activity including cyber-attacks.

"A lot of things deserve to be criticized" in Trump's actions, Putin said. "But now we are seeing that this is happening".

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"The experience I have with the president of the United States tells me that even though his actions are often criticized, especially recently, including on the worldwide arena and in the economic sphere, he is still a reflective person and he is able to listen and react to another person's arguments", Putin said.

Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

Trudeau told reporters the U.S. national security justification for the tariffs on steel and aluminum was "laughable".

Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.

The expert recalled that during the latest Q&A, Putin said that in case of an escalation in Donbas, this will have "grave consequences for the Ukrainian statehood as such".

This marks Trump's second summit of the G7, an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship. We finished the day's work and he celebrated my birthday with me ...

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European and Asian stocks indices were down across the board Friday - despite a week of gains in the wake of robust USA jobs data and easing political headwinds in Italy and Spain.

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