Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping

US trade tariffs are economic sanctions in disguise says Putin

US trade tariffs are economic sanctions in disguise says Putin

"Cooperation with China is one of Russia's top priorities and it has reached an unprecedented level", Putin said.

Donald Tusk, the former Polish leader attending as president of the European Council, saw the call for Russia's return as part of a raft of unilateral measures imposed by Trump that have driven Washington apart from United States allies.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations.

"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.

Russian Federation seemed unconcerned. State news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying, "We are putting the emphasis on other formats".

As the Eastern leaders meet in China, the G-7 summit, which brings together the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, is taking place in Montreal.

"I agree with the President ΓåòrealDonaldTrump: Russia should go back into the G-8".

The country was expelled from what was then called the G8 after it annexed Crimea. It has since partly recovered as the ruble has strengthened, reaching almost $90 billion past year.

Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with USA allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

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"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted. Trump again railed against trade deficits with other countries and repeated that he may pursue separate negotiations with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on USA metals and other consumer goods.

On the eve of the summit, Trump lashed out on Twitter at Macron and Trudeau, who earlier Friday criticized Trump's trade stance a joint news conference in Ottawa.

Tusk expressed broader concern about Trump's opposition to the worldwide rules-based order, because it "is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S".

Canada, Mexico and the European Union have separately announced retaliatory tariffs.

Mr Peskov noted during a meeting in Qingdao, China, where the Russian President is attending a regional summit that "there have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now". "But with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

The Russian leader knows that America's global power rests not only on our military and economic might but also on our unrivaled network of alliances from Europe to Asia.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives in Canada for the G7.

But White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the report was wrong and that the president would be at the meeting.

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