China, Russia, Mongolia vow to strengthen 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

Putin heads to Beijing for state visit with birthday buddy Xi Jinping

'The U.S. president has repeatedly said that it's reasonable to hold such a meeting, ' Putin said on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

U.S. President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russian Federation, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated.

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.

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.

The US withdrawal, he said, "can further destabilize the situation" but Russian Federation is in favor of the "unconditional implementation" of the pact.

"The very fact that we confirm the high level of our interaction and talk about the need for its development, in my opinion, is of great importance, for contemporary worldwide relations, for Russian-Chinese relations", he said.

Rouhani praised China and Russian Federation for their continued efforts to maintain the nuclear deal.

Its member states also include four former Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India.

It can only be conferred on a foreigner who has made outstanding contributions in promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and in maintaining world peace.

Lavrov said on national television that Russian Federation "never asked anyone to return" to the Group of Seven following the 2014 decision to suspend Russian Federation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

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

Nuclear power deals signed by the two leaders in Beijing - the biggest such cooperation agreements between the two countries that were reached after more than two years of negotiation - cover three projects including the Tianwan plant in Jiangsu and the Xudabao facility in Liaoning, state-run China National Nuclear Corporation said in a statement.

Speaking after the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Sunday, Putin said: "Once again, nothing concrete was said".

SCO nations may discuss the potential of a joint free trade area, she said, as China also pushes for participation in its Belt and Road global infrastructure project.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

Putin also criticized Trump's decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal, saying the withdrawal could "destabilize the situation" in the Middle East.

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