Putin says ready to meet Trump 'as soon as' Washington is ready

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with Chinese President Xi Jinping Iranian media outlets

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with Chinese President Xi Jinping Iranian media outlets

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee, said catering to Russian President Vladimir Putin would be a mistake. And Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat from MA and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's proposal comes at a time he's clashing with Canada and other US allies over trade.

Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US. "I think the ball is in the Americans' court", Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

While the suggestion is likely to draw the ire of the Western political establishment, the recently installed Italian prime minister was quick to endorse Trump's suggestion.

"In order for this to be discussed in detail, it is necessary that our foreign ministries, the experts work very closely with each other, and, of course, personal meetings are necessary", Putin said at a press conference on the results of his visit to China. "Colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation on well-known grounds".

"Today crystallises precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected", said Ned Price, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and the National Security Council spokesman under then-President Barack Obama.

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Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Russian Federation not only seized Crimea, but hadn't apologized for meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The statement made no mention of Russian Federation being invited back into the group from which it was kicked out in response to its 2014 annexation of Crimea, despite US President Donald Trump's insistence that the club would be better off if it brought Russian Federation back into the fold. Aside from the dispute over Russian Federation annexing the Crimea from Ukraine, the Kremlin's standing within the global community has been eroded by its meddling in elections in other countries.

The China-Russia relations, standing at a high level, have benefited the two peoples and served as a model of harmonious coexistence of major countries and neighboring countries.

Putin also said he would be happy to welcome the leaders of G7 to Moscow any time.

With the president of aspiring full member Iran looking on, Putin said Moscow still supports the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently abandoned.

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Putin said that Washington's decision to exit the agreement could "destabilise the situation" in the region.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday slammed the Trump administration for unilaterally dumping the Iran nuclear deal while complimented China, Russia and Europe for trying to protect it.

The United States and Russia's relationship has remained a big part of Trump's presidency since the 2016 election.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the U.S. withdrew from last month.

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