Chinese President Xi Awards Putin Friendship Medal, Pledges Support

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Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who U.S. intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win. Russian Federation should be a part of it.

"This has been an ongoing project of Ambassador Huntsman, stretching back months, of getting a formal meeting between Putin and Trump", the official told the Journal.

Putin also welcomed Trump's call to bring Moscow back into the G-7 group of leading industrialised nations.

In May, the president announced his administration would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union - all of which announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.in recent days.

Just yesterday Trump said Russian Federation should be attending a Group of Seven summit in Canada, a controversial idea that even Moscow seemed to reject.

President Donald Trump on Friday called for Russian Federation to be invited back to the G7, telling reporters the country should be at this weekend's meeting of major world leaders.

Conte, who is attending his first summit, had earlier indicated that he was in favour of Trump's proposal to welcome Russian Federation back into the organisation, which it was ejected from after annexing Crimea in 2014. "I see this as an acknowledgement and an evaluation of Russia's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China", he said, making only passing mention of "our personal friendship".

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 US election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.

Critics said the growing United States isolation is risky at a time when Trump is making diplomatic overtures with North Korea and in the Middle East and could use the support of allies.

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The SCO was first announced in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

"We're looking for peace in the world", Trump said Saturday, according to the Daily News.

Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US.

Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, Trump also lashed out at longtime allies over their criticism of his trade policies.

The Russian President stated that United States leader Donald Trump in their latest conversation expressed concern about a new round of the arms race.

Mr Trump said he had been tough on Russian Federation but they should still be part of the group.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France's President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to join them for a family photo at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que., on June 8, 2018.

Now in the wake of the US withdrawal from the pact, "SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement", said Dawn Murphy, professor of global security studies at the US Air War College.

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