Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling,' calls for cooperation

Theresa May on the first day of the G7 Summit in Canada

Image Mrs May vowed to send a 'strong message' to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday criticized the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

In a statement issued by 6 of the 7 countries at the G-7, they said that together they were a larger economic powerhouse than the United States. The Kremlin has complained that efforts to organize the meeting seem frozen.

Even as the scope of the breakdown over United States tariffs became clear, Xi was taking the podium to criticize what he said were new forms of "unilateralism" and "protectionism".

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which experts see as a bloc that seeks to challenge the Western-led order, is dominated by China and Russian Federation and also includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Russian Federation was expelled from the group in 2014 after it invaded and annexed Crimea and for its support of pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

He emphasized the need for the group to closely follow the situation in Afghanistan to fend off the threats posed by militants in the country.

Rouhani also stressed the importance of developing bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, science and technology and expressed hope that the Chinese government would facilitate issues for Iranian businessmen and students including in the banking sector.

The G7 leaders
Image The G7 leaders have gathered in Quebec

In a new television feature introduced in Russia this year, called "Direct Line", bloggers and vloggers are allowed to ask questions to the Russian President on behalf of their followers.

Putin says "Russia welcomes the planned summit of the USA and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula". That is why it was begun by the United States way back when.

Addressing the summit, he said that Iran would expect other participants in the nuclear deal to provide guarantees that they would honor the agreement.

He emphasized that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the USA move. The two South Asian nations joined the bloc as full members past year. Washington has frowned upon India's decision to go ahead with the acquisition of the Russian Triumf S-400 missile system at a cost of Rs. 40,000 crore and has hinted that future Indo-US defence relations may be adversely affected if New Delhi does not resile from its stand. India, apparently, is in no mood to do so and the necessary agreement may be signed by New Delhi and Moscow this October.

Addressing the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Sunday in Qingdao, China, President Hassan Rouhani described the United States' move to impose its own policies on others as a growing threat, saying "unilateral sanctions damage the process of legal worldwide business".

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. "We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its global obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon" the leaders said at the end of a two-day summit in Canada."We condemn all financial support of terrorism including terrorist groups sponsored by Iran".

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