Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russia supports Iran's membership in SCO: Putin

Russia supports Iran's membership in SCO: Putin

He pointed out that Trump himself "has many time said he believed such a meeting would be useful".

"The recent example of such unilateralism and the defiance of the decisions of the global community by the U.S. government is its withdrawal from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal)", Rouhani said during the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security pact in which Iran has observer status. "As soon as he is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule".

"I share his concern".

Following a day after Trump's press conference, Vladmir Putin in the Qingdao SCO summit on Sunday said that such talks were welcome and "much needed" in the wake of the new arms race among countries.

Leaders of the Group of Seven countries urged Russian Federation on June 9 to stop undermining democracies and said they were ready to step up sanctions against Moscow if necessary.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then known as the G8 - in 2014 after the majority of member countries allied against its annexation of Crimea.

Trump on Friday suggested that Russian Federation should be reinstated to the group, telling reporters that his view "may not be politically correct" but "we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

He added that Russian Federation was ready to "develop, deepen and normalize ties with the United States", noting that the next move was for Washington to make.

The U.S. and its European allies have imposed sanctions against Russian Federation since 2014, when the Crimean Peninsula voted in a referendum to separate from Ukraine and reintegrate into Russian Federation.

"Russia has done nothing to earn its way back to the table", Donilon also said. "I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7", Trump said.

"There is no doubt that foreign interference in our democratic institutions and processes, and other forms of hostile activity, pose a strategic threat to our shared values and interests", British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the G7 Summit on Saturday.

The carefully choreographed affair contrasted with the discord in Canada, as Trump disavowed the G7's joint statement and criticized his host, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Things happen", Putin said.

Russian and USA officials have openly boasted about their nuclear capabilities.

He emphasized that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the US move.

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

The group demonstrated solidarity in pledging to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, a major source of G7 contention after Trump's withdrawal last month.

Xi and Putin also vowed to make "all possible efforts" to preserve the 2015 worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme that Trump abandoned last month.

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