Putin, Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship

Posted June 09, 2018

First, withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade agreement the United States negotiated to bolster its economic and strategic position in the Pacific, at the expense of China (and Russia).

Beijing and Moscow's rapprochement is driven by a strong personal relationship between Putin and Xi, seen as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. "All this makes me believe that the dialogue can be constructive", Putin said.

While Trump's relationship with some of the G7 members has reportedly been tense, one quickly came to his defense.

The two leaders reached the consensus during talks in Beijing.

The President has continuously tip-toed around and avoided criticising Putin for interfering in the fundamental democratic processes of the country he is supposed to lead. "I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the U.S. court", the Russian president stressed.

Putin was re-elected to a fourth Kremlin term in March. President Trump tweeted directly at the leaders he was about to sit down with.

It is disappointing that the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, said the statement, adding that China and Russian Federation will try their best to safeguard the deal and take note of the extreme importance of protecting the interests of all parties who engage in economic and trade cooperation with Iran from unilateral imposition of long-arm jurisdiction.

Russian Federation and China will move to "emphasize the importance of a globalized free trade regime, as a swipe to you-know-who", he told The Independent.

He called Putin his best honest friend and most respected in China.

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He said the Chinese president was the only state leader to have celebrated his birthday with him, with the pair sharing vodka and sausage. "But he's also a very dependable man to work with".

The two pledge to continue their coordination efforts for a peaceful and comprehensive solution to the Korean Peninsula issue.

Donald Tusk, the former Polish leader attending as president of the European Council, saw the call for Russia's return as part of a raft of unilateral measures imposed by Trump that have driven Washington apart from U.S. allies.

Putin also said they discussed Iran but didn't provide details.

Trump, speaking on the South Lawn before boarding the Marine One helicopter, said that while "I have been Russia's worst nightmare..." They should let Russian Federation come back in, because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table. "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", he tweeted.

They have also sought to strengthen the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional grouping they created, which meets this weekend.

China and Russian Federation lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.

Mr. Putin told CGTN that the SCO had "small" objectives when it was founded two decades ago but that it was now evolving into a larger global force.

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to speak to the media after his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 7, 2018.

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