Former Obama Adviser Suggests Trump Is Russia's 'Chief Advocate' and Defender

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin

According to France 24, authorities emptied an entire oceanside swathe of Qingdao - clearing out shopkeepers, residents and day-trippers to make way for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian and Iranian counterparts.

This is Mr Putin's first visit this year to China, which Beijing billed as "boasting great significance in planning the future course of China-Russia relations".

He made the comment during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in China.

Xi later called Putin "my best, most intimate friend", which is not an endearment any western leader is likely to give Russia's autocratic leader.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2018.

"Everyone demonstrated solidarity with London over a certain event in Salisbury but nothing concrete was said again", Putin said.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed with regards to Russian Federation.

The US president has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is hailing a planned summit of the United States and North Korea. "We need to reject selfish, short-sighted and closed policies, uphold the rules of the World Trade Organization, support the multilateral trading system and build an open world economy". "Economic globalisation and regional economic integration are the trend of the times", Xi said. "But he's also a very dependable man to work with".

"The nuclear energy state-owned corporation Rosatom is one of Russia's most internationally competitive companies", Lukin said.

Putin echoed the Iranian leader in saying that their joint regional alliance will go on, particularly in Syria, Fars reported.

Trump had said Saturday that re-admitting Russian Federation to the elite club would be "an asset", telling reporters, "We're looking for peace in the world".

"We will be ready to greet them all in Moscow", he added.

Maria Repnikova, assistant professor of global communication at Georgia State University, told CNN that there is an element of political play-acting to their public displays of mutual admiration.

At the weekend they'll attend the Shanghai Coperation Organisation meeting in the city of Qingdao. Xi also stressed the importance of China and Russian Federation working ever closer together as both nations are permanent members of the UN Security Council and therefore must continue to coordinate at ever higher levels in order to establish protocols for peace at the highest levels of multiple worldwide institutions.

Putin told CGTN that the SCO had "small" objectives when it was founded two decades ago but that it was now evolving into a larger global force.

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