China, Russia Solidify Growing Eastern Bloc as Trump Rattles G-7

BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

BEIJING CHINA- MAY 15 Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

"I believe it's necessary to stop this creative babbling and shift to concrete issues related to real cooperation", Putin told reporters on a visit to China, when asked to comment on a G7 joint statement.

At the weekend they'll attend the Shanghai Coperation Organisation meeting in the city of Qingdao.

President Donald Trump suggested ahead of arriving at the G-7 summit Friday that the group offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation.

Speaking at an worldwide summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, Rouhani said the US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal poses a potential threat to the world.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States last month, calling the agreement deeply flawed, European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal.

"As for the return of Russian Federation to the Group of Seven, the Group of Eight, we have not left it".

The U.S. leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

A French presidential source said Trump's proposal did not seem "coherent" in view of the latest economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Moscow.

"Dialogue may prove to be constructive", he said in the interview, the full version of which was released on Saturday.

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Putin also welcomed Trump's statement that Russian Federation should be invited to rejoin the group that was called the G-8 before others expelled Russian Federation. "I see this as an acknowledgement and an evaluation of Russia's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China", he said, making only passing mention of "our personal friendship".

China and Russian Federation lead the regional security group, which includes former Soviet states and new members India and Pakistan.

In a symbol of close China-Russia ties, Xi on Friday gave China's first friendship medal to Putin.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

The Iranian president further described Washington's recent decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement as "a recent example of the United States' unilateralism and indifference towards the opinions of the global community".

Founded in 2001, the Beijing-based SCO has largely served as a vehicle for resolving border issues, fighting terrorism and - more implicitly - to counter American influence in Central Asia following its invasion of Afghanistan.

Battulga said that it is Mongolia's top priority to develop friendly cooperation with the two permanent neighbors of China and Russian Federation.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has slammed U.S. attempts to impose its own policies on others, saying Washington's "unilateral sanctions" damage worldwide business.

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