China-led bloc touts unity amid G-7 strife

Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that also included Russian Federation and former Soviet republics.

Speaking at a joint press point with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Brussels on June 1, the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc and China share commitment to preserve the nuclear agreement and to work for its continuation.

Putin said Sunday that the current structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is "optimal" and emphasized its combined economic power and political clout.

"As soon as the American side is ready this meeting would take place depending on my working schedule of course", Putin told reporters in the Chinese city of Qingdao.

The Chinese president said Tehran and Beijing must boost cooperation at the United Nations, the SCO and the Confederation of International Contractors' Associations (CICA) in order to counter the U.S. unilateralism.

During the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the assembled leaders, including Rouhani, that the USA withdrawal could "destabilise the situation" but Moscow still supports the "unconditional implementation" of the deal.

Putin said that some nations, including Austria, have offered to host his summit with Trump, should they have one.

Trump and Putin have spoken by phone eight times, according to readouts distributed by the White House. The G-7 ended in unprecedented nastiness with Trump, who had left early, blasting Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and instructing his representatives not to sign the joint communique. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who US intelligence officials have said directed Russian meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win. At any rate, we are ready for it.

Trump may well have been looking for a friendly face at such frosty gatherings when he suggested that the G-7 should add Russian Federation. But Russia was suspended from the group in 2014 after it annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called for increasing the momentum of trade and investment among the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Putin said it was not Russia's decision to quit the G7, saying he would be happy to see G7 leaders in Russian Federation. "We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its worldwide 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".

  • Rogelio Becker