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Macron called a meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and top European Union officials just before the G-7 opening. Moscow was invited into the G7 in 1997, but was suspended from participation in the reformatted G8 in 2014, after its invasion of Ukraine.

Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, said he agreed with Trump's expressions of concern about a renewed arms race.

The SCO was created in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Russia, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan. "It's in everyone's interests", Conte added, in an echo of Trump's own words after the combative USA president shocked both his allies and those back in his own country when he announced in Washington that, "Russia should be in (sic) this meeting", Trump told reporters in Washington as he left the White House. At present, the disunited Western democracies can not pretend to set the rules for the disorderly rest of the world (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, June 9). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country has observer status at the SCO, attended the summit, making his first foreign trip since the US's decision.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte - a rookie populist who's been on the job only a week - fuelled the disharmony amongst the G7 by tweeting his support for the US president's position.

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

Putin, in China for an worldwide conference, did not address the sanctions, but instead focused on Trump's goodwill. He may be right about Russian Federation, but why not China? Overall, he looked much more comfortable in Vienna, Austria, where he traveled a couple of days prior to the trip to China (Ezhednevny Zhurnal, June 7).

The Wall Street Journal, citing a senior European official, reported that Putin asked Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on a visit to Vienna earlier this week to help organize such a meeting and that Washington was considering it.

At present a Trump-Putin summit carries a literal life-and-death urgency. The two leaders will nearly certainly ignore such "mundane" matters as climate change or gender equality; their views on migration are also quite far apart; and the joint counter-terrorism agenda is effectively exhausted.

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"We have seen malign activity from Russian Federation in a whole variety of ways, of course including on the streets of Salisbury in the UK".

Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair global competition as part of his "America First" agenda. "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron wrote.

Kudlow says Trump won't let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. An official described Merkel's suggestion as a "shared assessment and dialogue" mechanism, but gave no further details.

He also blamed ex-President Barack Obama for the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation.

"We have a world to run", Trump said. The brisk development of new technologies in their nuclear arsenals, of course, seriously hampers negotiation efforts.

Both Moscow and Trump have denied any such activity.

"Any conversations about whether or not Russian Federation can come back round the table cannot take place until Russian Federation has changed its attitude". But if it occurs, it will undoubtedly be sudden.

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