Russian Federation did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation should have been at its latest meeting.
"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.
Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of the Skripals with a nerve agent in March in the British city of Salisbury, the accusations Moscow has vehemently denied. Russian Federation was pushed out of the then G8 due to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea four years ago.
At least three of Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, all frequent critics of the president, assailed his suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation to the group.
"It wasn't us who left", Putin said.
Associate Professor Li Mingjiang of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies said China and Russian Federation had been cooperating since the late 1990s as they "responded to quite similar pressures from the West". The latter now includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.
"We value the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination", said Putin, adding that friendship between the heads of state and friendship between the two peoples are the solid foundation for the bilateral strategic cooperation. He says he agrees with that, adding that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin also criticised the United States for its withdrawal, claiming the decision could potentially destabilise the situation. The bloc includes China, Russia, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, India and Pakistan.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned about the threat U-S unilateralism poses to the world.
Rouhani, for his part, denounced the "illegal" United States withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear deal with Tehran.
Speaking at an global 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.
"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", Trump said on Friday.
Xi, speaking just before he put the medal on Putin, called him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people".
Xi and Putin and others pledged their support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew the US last month.