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Mamnoon, Rouhani discuss bilateral relations during SCO summit

Mamnoon, Rouhani discuss bilateral relations during SCO summit

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 United States leaders had also mentioned possibly meeting in Vienna.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today dismissed criticism by the Group of 7 nations as "creative babbling" and said it was time to start cooperating again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Trump has repeatedly put himself at odds with practically the entire USA political and security establishment over Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday opened a regional security summit attended by Russian Federation and Iran with boasts of the bloc's "unity", just as a fractious G7 gathering was mired in divisions between Europe and the US.

Putin says "Russia welcomes the planned summit of the US and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula".

The SCO meeting comes at a time that Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the global nuclear pact with Iran.

"This leads me to believe that dialogue may prove to be constructive", the Russian leader added.

Rouhani, for his part, denounced the "illegal" USA withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear deal with Tehran. They include China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.

"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.

"Russia welcomes the planned summit of the US and North Korea and notes China's big contribution to helping settle the crisis on the Korean Peninsula", Putin said.

Putin even suggested hosting the summit should it take place.

Mr Putin, who has previously told Europe he had warned them about the trade threat Washington posed to them, also said that if Mr Trump imposed new tariffs on imports of foreign cars it would have serious consequences for the global economy and especially for Europe.

He added that Russian Federation was ready to "develop, deepen and normalize ties with the United States", noting that the next move was for Washington to make.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the SCO Summit in Qingdao, China.

Meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Xi lauded their relationship.

The SCO meets this year after Trump controversially pulled Washington out of the 2015 worldwide pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions.

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