Trump tweeting about G-7 before Kim meeting

Howard TerryJun 13, 2018

On the day he met US President Donald Trump at the Capello Hotel in Singapore for a high-stakes summit aimed at normalising situations in the Korean Peninsula and the Far East, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un sent a greeting message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

"We oppose the practice of sacrificing other countries' security for their own absolute security", Xi told a gathering of the SCO's heads of state in the Chinese port of Qingdao.

Speaking during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, Putin emphasized that the bloc members are anxious about the US move. He said a meeting could take place as soon as the United States was ready and that many European countries had offered their help in making it happen. He says he agrees with that, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

Putin said: 'The US president has repeatedly said that it's reasonable to hold such a meeting.

"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the USA president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter. In 2013, Putin's pro-Assad positions over the conflict in Syria collided with the other seven - with remarks like then-President Barack Obama's "of course our opinions do not coincide" and Putin's, "We have different perspectives on the problem".

"The common European position is against the return of Russian Federation", one senior aide to Macron told reporters, although the leaders did leave open "the possibility of establishing dialogue" with Moscow. "Colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation on well-known grounds".

"They were of course part of the response that the European Union gave in relation to Russian activity in Crimea, the importance that we get the full implementation of the Minsk agreement".

"I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing".

The president appears to enjoy spending quality time with Vladimir Putin more so than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Theresa May of the U.K., French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti and even his favorite golfing buddy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"There are always other things we can work on", Trudeau said.

While the EU-state imposed sanctions on Russia over Crimea along with the rest of the bloc, Austria did not expel Russian diplomats like other Western nations following the March poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in Britain, an attack London has accused Moscow of being behind. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

He emphasized that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the USA move.

Mr Putin, who has previously told Europe he had warned them about the trade threat Washington posed to them, also said that if Mr Trump imposed new tariffs on imports of foreign cars it would have serious consequences for the global economy and especially for Europe. He added that Moscow will continue to honour its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

US trading partners have been furious over President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

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