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Vienna possible venue for Trump-Putin summit

Theresa May  is set to unveil the plan at the G7 summit in Canada today Boris Johnson has revealed in a leaked recording of his speech to a private dinner Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping
| 10 June, 2018, 10:45

The suggestion from Trump, made on June 8 on the eve of a summit of G7 leaders, was the latest in a string of conciliatory statements by him toward Moscow, a stance that has clashed with many congressional Republicans and Democrats, as well as large parts of the US foreign policy establishment.

Russian Federation should be invited back to the summits of leading advanced countries, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for the Group of Seven meeting in Canada.

"Various cities, which can be suitable for a meeting between the two presidents, are often considered".

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.

Both sides suggested some progress in NAFTA talks, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying they were "close to a deal", though adding there was also discussion of a bilateral deal.

Putin didn't comment directly on a Wall Street Journal report that Austria had offered to host such a summit in Vienna.

"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.

In Italy, meanwhile, a spokesman for the new populist government that has signaled a similarly conciliatory approach toward Moscow said Rome agrees with Trump's call.

But Trump on Friday called on world leaders to allow Russian Federation back into the G7, the group of leading industrialized democracies.


"We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly", he said in a statement.

The country was expelled from what was then called the G8 after it annexed Crimea.

Putin told a state TV interviewer that it was time for Trump to keep his campaign promise of promoting a friendlier relationship between the two countries.

"Russia should return to the G8".

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 USA - and aims to identify, prevent and respond to hostile state activity including cyber-attacks.

Mrs May also pushed for action to tackle Russian "dirty money" and work to curtail the movement of Moscow's spies.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russian Federation are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following the U.S.' withdrawal from the pact.

Xi was also quoted by state news agency Xinhua as saying: "No matter how global situations change, China and Russian Federation always firmly support each other in defending their respective core interests".

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