Putin Expects Trump to Fulfill Pre-Election Promise, Improve Ties With Russia

President Donald Trump said Russian Federation should be allowed back into the G-8 bloc, lobbing another point of friction into an-already fraught summit starting Friday with allies in Canada.

Speaking from China where Putin was attending a regional security summit, Peskov said that in their last telephone conversation on March 20 the Russian and U.S. leaders had also mentioned possibly meeting in Vienna.

This year's G7 summit comes at a time, when leaders of seven major economies view the current worldwide order as a historic division between Washington and its major allies in North America, Europe and Asia.

For the past week, it was an open question in Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, after he imposed heavy steel and aluminum tariffs against the other G7 members.

Trump's rejection of the global climate accord and Iran nuclear deal, supported by the European Union and Canada is going to be another flashpoint in the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Washington and its Western allies.

Adding an extra layer of friction to the gathering, Trump suggested that Russian Federation - which was expelled following the annexation of Crimea - should be allowed to rejoin the group.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in".

"The president will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies.

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Trump's comments came he prepared to leave for the G7 gathering in Canada, where he will miss at least some of the summit's second day.

But Trump, who frames his trade moves as a fulfillment of his campaign promises, is vowing to hold firm, tweeting Thursday: "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

It is disappointing that the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, said the statement, adding that China and Russian Federation will try their best to safeguard the deal and take note of the extreme importance of protecting the interests of all parties who engage in economic and trade cooperation with Iran from unilateral imposition of long-arm jurisdiction. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Trump was turning US foreign policy "into an worldwide joke".

The Russian government also appeared to snub Trump's idea.

"The six other countries of the G7 represent a market which is bigger than the American market", the French president said. Ben Sasse (R-NE), one of several Republicans to hit back at Trump's suggestion. "In the interest of all".

A spokesman at the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, brushed it all off.

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