Vienna being considered as venue for possible Putin-Trump summit

BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Vienna being considered as venue for possible Putin-Trump summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday awarded his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin the first-ever Friendship Medal of the People's Republic of China, the state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Donald Trump has called for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the leading group of industrialised nations now known as the G7.

"As they are both authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said. "They are related to the pragmatic national interests of the United States", Putin said. The Skripals were in critical condition for weeks before recovering.

"I can confirm that President Trump voiced concern about a new round of arms race in our latest call", Putin said.

Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group previous year. "I fully agree with him", he said, adding that personal meetings and work by experts were needed to tackle the issue.

Trump will arrive at the summit in Canada having engaged in a war of words with both Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Putin's remarks followed a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting.

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

Speaking in Qingdao, China, where Putin is attending a regional summit, Peskov said, "there have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now".

According to Putin, he does not have detailed information about the disagreements that emerged at the recent G7 summit.

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say the summit may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to become a full member state, which it has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions. "Because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he told reporters.

G7 leaders demanded that Russian Federation stop what they described as attempts to undermine democracy.

Last year Putin awarded Xi the Order of St Andrew for his distinguished service to the peoples of China and Russian Federation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

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

While Xi feted his peers with fireworks, SCO members have their own disagreements, with India concerned about China's trade infrastructure project in disputed territory in arch-rival Pakistan.

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

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

Trump's protectionist policies that have imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union are likely to become a flashpoint during the meeting with the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the U.S.in La Malbaie, Quebec, Friday and Saturday.

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