Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

Putin dismisses G7 criticism as ‘babbling’, calls for cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Beijing, capital of China, June 8, 2018.

"I agree with him, and to have a meaningful discussion, our ministries of foreign affairs and experts should get involved and work closely together, and of course a meeting in person is necessary", Putin said.

G7 leaders also endorsed Britain's accusation that Russian Federation was behind the nerve gas attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Putin said the G7 countries "again" failed to provide any evidence that his country was behind the Skripal poisoning in the southwest of England. According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

The U.S. leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

Earlier on Sunday, Putin criticised the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at the summit.

The SCO was formed in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to curb extremism in the region and enhance border security.

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Its member states also include four former Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India.

"I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the USA court", the Russian president said.

Putin said the United State's withdrawal could "destabilize the region" in the middle east according to the Associated Press and added Russian Federation will continue to honor the deal. He added that Moscow will continue to honor its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

But Trump on Friday called on world leaders to allow Russian Federation back into the G7, the group of leading industrialized democracies. It can only be conferred on a foreigner who has made outstanding contributions in promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and in maintaining world peace.

While never mentioning the United States by name, he added: "We should reject the Cold War mentality and confrontation between blocs, and oppose the practice of seeking absolute security of oneself at the expense of others, so as to obtain security of all".

US President Donald Trump last month announced that the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear activities and allow in worldwide inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

"Tomorrow we will hold the first summit of the SCO after its expansion and draw up a blueprint for its future growth", Xi said during Saturday's opening ceremony.

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