Putin says G7 criticism is ‘babbling,’ happy to hold talks with US

The pair collapsed in Salisbury earlier this year and were in critical condition for weeks before recovering

Amid news that President Donald Trump wanted to include Russian Federation in June's G7 summit, former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon went on CNN and suggested that Trump was trying to act as the "chief advocate" for Russian Federation.

In April, the White House confirmed the two leaders spoke in a phone call about meeting at the White House "in the 'not-too-distant-future'".

'As soon as the United States side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule'.

"China and Russian Federation always firmly support each other in defending their respective core interests", Xi said, adding that the two countries "play a pivotal role in establishing a new type of worldwide relations and building a community with a shared future for humanity".

In March, Putin used a concept video of unlimited range nuclear warheads apparently raining down on Florida to tout his country's new firepower.

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.

"We did not (choose to) leave it, our colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation due to known reasons at some point".

Moscow was suspended from the G8 in 2014, after it annexed Crimea.

Speaking in La Malbaie, the small town in Quebec that hosted the weekend's summit, he said: "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?"

He also reminisced to a Chinese broadcaster early this week about celebrating his birthday with Xi in 2013: "I won't hide it, we had a shot of vodka and sliced some sausage".

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That's "not something we are even remotely interested in looking at", Trudeau said on Saturday.

Senator Bernie Sanders lashed out at President Donald Trump for his behavior at the two-day G7 summit held in Canada this week.

"It was a betrayal", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union.

China's official Xinhua News Agency published a report titled "The Seven Split Nations, The Lone US" on Sunday, saying that the power of the G7 was already diminished and the internal divisions will further reduce its influence.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Ottawa.

It's a startling attack on the leader of the USA neighbor and ally. John McCain, R-Ariz, tweeted: "To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values".

Angela Merkel, German Vice chancellor also stated in a press conference on Friday that "a return by Russian Federation to the G7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine".

Before the medal ceremony, Putin said the two heads of state had enjoyed "fruitful" talks.

"It is nothing unusual and should be taken calmly, without irony", he said.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining regional stability and security, he added, "we want to see a secure and stable Afghanistan, and the coordination of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is very important for the security and development of the region".

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