China's Xi touts Putin ties as United States tensions bring them closer

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Earlier during the visit, President Mamnoon held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, where the two leaders held in-depth discussions related to Pakistan-China bilateral relations and regional and global issues of mutual interest. Such relations have contributed to the building of a new type of worldwide relations and a community with shared future for humanity, Xi said. However, having pulled out of the deal, the United States now says it will impose severe economic and trade sanctions on Iran. "I think the ball is in the Americans' court", Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who Trump feuded with during the talks over trade and tariffs, rejected any suggestion of Moscow returning to the group. 'Colleagues refused to come to Russian Federation on well-known grounds'.

Speaking in China, where Putin was attending a regional security summit, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the two presidents discussed "the need for such a meeting" and the possibility that it could take place in the Austrian capital in their most recent phone call.

"All this gives me the grounds to believe that the dialogue can be constructive", Putin said.

Earlier this month Israeli officials denied claims by Russia's ambassador to the United Nations that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on the withdrawal of Iranian forces from southwest Syria.

I can reiterate that in our last telephone conversation he expressed his concern about the threat of a new round of the arms race.

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Xi said he will work along with Putin to usher in even brighter future to the relations between the two countries. Aside from the dispute over Russian Federation annexing the Crimea from Ukraine, the Kremlin's standing within the worldwide community has been eroded by its meddling in elections in other countries.

"The Soviet Union may have fallen, but the evil it represents is alive and well in Putin's Russia", Graham said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "It's time to stop that chatter and deal with real issues".

Professor Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's Institute of International Studies, also said the award was a clear signal to the USA that if it increased pressure on both countries, it would mean both China and Russian Federation would have no choice but to increase cooperation so they can jointly deal with Washington.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran. He added that Moscow will continue to honor its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal.

Putin said the United State's withdrawal could "destabilize the region" in the middle east according to the Associated Press and added Russian Federation will continue to honor the deal.

Xi and Putin also vowed to make "all possible efforts" to preserve the 2015 worldwide accord on Iran's nuclear programme that Trump abandoned last month.

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