President Donald Trump said Russian Federation should be allowed back into the G8 bloc as he left the White House Friday for 24 hours of trade talks with allies where he intends to press his case that the USA loses through poor economic deals negotiated by his predecessors.
Hours before Donald Trump stunned the G7 with a friendly overture to Russia, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping sealed their status as BFFs.
Professor Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's Institute of International Studies, also said the award was a clear signal to the USA that if it increased pressure on both countries, it would mean both China and Russian Federation would have no choice but to increase cooperation so they can jointly deal with Washington.
Russian Federation was removed from the summit in 2014 after its forced annexation of Crimea away from Ukraine. Suddenly, the U.S. President was spit-balling about a diametrically opposed idea - readmitting Mr. Putin, booted from the group four years ago after Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and new Italian premier Giuseppe Conte agreed on a common stance on Russian Federation during talks together on the sidelines of the G7 summit, which is taking place in Canada. "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the longtime unfair trade practised against the United States".
The new tariffs - 25 per cent on imported steel, 10 per cent on aluminium from Canada, Mexico and the European Union - threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.
But Kudlow was quick to downplay the rift between the president and U.S. allies.
But, until recently, G7 summits didn't have to contend with the likes of Trump, who has made it a hallmark of his presidency to reject the established orthodoxy.
"Russia is focused on other formats apart from the G-7" Peskov said, according to the Sputnik news agency.
"Look, all of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade", Trump told reporters as he left the White House, repeating his longstanding complaints about trade deficits and tariffs. Trump will leave the summit early to attend a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The G7 leaders were planning to press him to lift those duties in their opening sessions Friday, egged on by Trump's early morning tweets complaining about unfair trade and Canada's supply management.
And he emphasized a "good relationship" with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying they sometimes have a "little test" on trade, but predicting a positive outcome.
"We will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining this order makes no sense at all because it would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist", said Tusk.
He has called Trump's imposition of the tariffs "irresponsible" and "insulting" because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.
"It won't even be hard and in the end, we'll all get along". "The rules-based worldwide order is being challenged", Mr. Tusk said.
Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US.
"Today's announcement shows that the G7 will not tolerate foreign interference in any one of our democracies, that we are getting organised, and that we will take coordinated action against those who seek to violate the rules-based worldwide system".