Former Obama Adviser Suggests Trump Is Russia's 'Chief Advocate' and Defender

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on as China's President Xi Jinping points during Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China June 10, 2018.

In an interview on Saturday with Russian state TV, Putin said he has found Trump to be a "thoughtful man" and believes "dialogue can be constructive" between the two.

He said "on most fronts", the G7 was united in its efforts, including countering the aggressive stance of Russian Federation, securing denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and finding a way to end the long-running Syrian civil war.

Xi, whose government is locked in tough negotiations with the United States to avoid a trade war, said World Trade Organisation rules and the multilateral trading system should be upheld to build an open world economy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told Trump the organization is not "remotely" considering adding Russian Federation.

The G7 in Canada was also an opportunity for Conte to meet European Union leaders for the first time.

Putin also welcomed Trump's call to bring Moscow back into the G-7 group of leading industrialised nations. The bloc includes China, Russia, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, India and Pakistan.

The U.S. also recently sold American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military, to help combat the pro-Russian separatists who have been active in the east of the country since Russia annexed Crime in 2014.

"Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA and we will retaliate but we say that with great sadness especially here", she said.

With the president of aspiring full member Iran looking on, Putin said Moscow still supports the Iran nuclear deal that Trump recently abandoned. Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery.

Rouhani, for his part, denounced the "illegal" USA withdrawal from the global nuclear deal with Tehran.

"Russia welcomes the planned summit of the USA and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula", 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.

He warned it is "evident" that Mr Trump and the rest of the G7 were at loggerheads over trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

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