Xi Jinping says Vladimir Putin is his ‘best friend’

Xi Jinping says Vladimir Putin is his ‘best friend’

Despite those comments, Putin reportedly said he's willing to meet with Trump, "as soon as the US side is ready".

Although G7 leaders ignored US President Donald Trump's proposal to invite back Moscow into the club, Putin said he would be happy to be readmitted.

Russian Federation was expelled after the annexation of Crimea, and other members such as Canada and the United Kingdom are still opposed to letting them return.

President mentioned that Pakistan looks forward to participating in the 17th meeting of Council of Heads of Government of SCO member states which will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in October 2018.

'As soon as the U.S. side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule'.

During the weekend Putin is scheduled to attend the Qingdao Summit of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

As a leader of major country with global influence, President Putin is "an old friend" and "a good friend" of the Chinese people, Xi said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed criticism by the Group of 7 nations as "creative babbling" and said it was time to start cooperating again. "We focus on other formats", TASS quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

As he travelled to Quebec City for the meeting of the Group of Seven industrialised economies, Trump mused last Friday that Russian Federation ought to be brought back to the group - for no discernible reason.

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told Trump that asking Russian Federation to rejoin the G7 is "not something we are even remotely looking at".

Putin's remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Tensions mounted between the Trump administration and fellow G7 members Canada, Germany and France when the U.S. imposed steep tariffs on imported metals from the countries.

"It wasn't us who left", Putin said.

"Russia welcomes the planned summit of the US and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula", Putin said. "The ball, I believe ..." If Hillary got in, I think Putin is probably going, 'Man I wish Hillary won, ' because you see what I do.

Despite tensions in the US-Russia relationship, Putin did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with Trump. He added that Russian Federation will continue to honor the agreement, which offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

Last month, Trump pulled out of former U.S. President Barack Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations. He says he agrees with that, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.

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