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Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling', calls for cooperation

Yulia Skripal who was poisoned in Salisbury earlier this year | Pool Yulia Skripal who was poisoned in Salisbury earlier this year | Pool
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 23:19

World leaders are gathering at the G7 summit in Canada Friday, as President Trump continues to feud with some of those allies over trade.

Trump says he will depart shortly for Singapore on a "mission of peace". "Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt". "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on worldwide trade, an official who followed the talks said.

Merkel said it was not clear whether the group would issue a final directive, adding that failure to do so would be an honest reflection of the lack of agreement among Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. Trump said to reporters.

"Please, we will be happy to see everyone in Moscow", Putin said.

Trump arrived late for Saturday's meeting during the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations being held in Quebec. The White House did not say what the president would talk about. "They should let Russian Federation come back because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russian Federation, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated.

Trump maintained the USA relationship with the country's northern neighbor is "probably better, as good or better, than it's ever been".

USA president Donald Trump has injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the G7 nations as he called for Russian Federation to be reinstated.

White House officials have reportedly being working towards holding a summit with Putin under instruction from Trump who has consistently said he wants better relations with Russian Federation despite accusations they meddled in 2016's election.

Asked in Qingdao about the G-7's tumultuous meeting Friday and Saturday in Canada, Putin focused on the rift between Europe and the United States on tariffs, which he said "is more significant than any emotional outbursts".

The president's move to reject the communique contradicted a statement from Trudeau earlier, in which the prime minister announced "we have released a joint communique by all seven countries".

Despite the conflict, Mallaby predicted that the countries would still seek to work with the US, calling it "the indispensable country".

Deep-rooted, historical tension between the two Koreas has given way to rapprochement between their two leaders, namely President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the head of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Kim Jong-un.

Trump also had a restrained show of support for Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, who has come under fire for using government officials to conduct personal business including trying to find him a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and driving him around Washington in search of his favorite moisturizer.