Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his United States counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations.
MSNBC's Katy Tur was pretty stunned today by President Trump talked about reinstating Russian Federation in the group of industrialized nations now called the G-7. Russian Federation was pushed out of the then G8 due to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea four years ago.
The President's suggestion to bring Russian Federation back into the G7, which represents more than 60 per cent of global net worth, was heavily criticized by most of the leaders and leading USA politicians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says counterterrorism efforts are a priority for a regional grouping led by Moscow and Beijing.
And he went on to further warn that the United States, under Mr Trump's presidency, now posed the biggest challenge to West's continued leadership on the global stage. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so.
"There have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now", Peskov said.
Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the U.S. from traditional allies, including by Trump's decisions to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.More news: Lawyer for Muhammad Ali says no pardon necessary from President Trump
Founded in 2001, the SCO also includes the former Central Asian Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.
Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US.
He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the USA presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies. "He is my best, most intimate friend".
The group demonstrated solidarity in pledging to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, a major source of G-7 contention after Trump's withdrawal last month.
The show of unity was in stark contrast to the calamitous end to the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec City, after US President Donald Trump disowned a joint summit statement and lambasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".
Peskov said the possibility of a Vienna summit was also raised this week during talks in the city between Putin and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has sought to present his country as a bridge between Russian Federation and the West.