Kremlin floats Vienna as possible host of Trump-Putin meeting

Kremlin floats Vienna as possible host of Trump-Putin meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump disrupted the first day of the Group of Seven summit, calling for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the exclusive club and batting aside strong objections from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders to his protectionist trade and tariffs policies.

He bantered easily with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joking that the neighboring leader had "agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers".

The tone in the immediate run-up to the meetings at La Malbaie showed no sign of compromise between a U.S. president determined to disrupt the status quo to force more favourable terms for the USA, and six United States allies resolved to stop him.

The president made the suggestion to reporters at the White House just before leaving for Canada to attend the annual meeting of the G-7, a gathering that already was promising to be crackling with tension over trade, Iran and Mr. Trump's sharp-edged approach to foreign leaders.

"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 global 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.

Tension between President Donald Trump and traditionally close US allies has overshadowed that global meeting.

Russian Federation needs to change its approach before any conversation about it rejoining the G7 can begin, a senior British government source told Reuters on Friday.

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Over the course of his presidency, Trump has inflamed allies with his isolationist policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord and the worldwide Iran nuclear agreement. President Obama duly left such a letter for President Trump, as President Bush did eight years earlier.

Russian Federation was expelled from the group four years ago after annexing Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula and sparking a war in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,300 people.

"I've been firm, I've been clear, but I don't think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world", the prime minister said.

Warmer ties between the two countries have been highly-publicized in Russian and Chinese state media in recent months, including an interview on Chinese state TV last week when Putin spoke glowingly of President Xi Jinping.

The expert also noted that during the Crimea occupation back in 2014, women and children were put in front of Russian troops as the latter started blocking Ukrainian Navy and Army bases in Crimea.

"Let's leave the G7 as it's a lucky number at least in our culture", he said.

According to Sputnik News, Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov responded to Trump's call for reinstatement, saying, "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

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