Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Putin says Russian Federation 'regrets' cancellation of Trump-Kim summit

Putin says Russian Federation 'regrets' cancellation of Trump-Kim summit

Although the Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Russia and expelled scores of its diplomats, Russian politicians generally portray Trump as blocked by domestic opposition from fulfilling his campaign promises of improving relations with Moscow.

"When points of view coincide, it can only mean that the countries edge at least a bit closer to each other", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said earlier this month.

"Would it be better for Israel if Iran opts out of the deal or is pushed out of it?" he asked.

"This is now my second term in a row", the Russian leader said.

"In Russia, we took this news with regret", Putin said.

Re-elected by a landslide in March, Putin is steering Russian Federation out of its longest recession in two decades despite increasingly onerous United States financial penalties over the Kremlin's alleged election meddling.

Trump has derided the Iran deal as "insane" partly because its restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities begin expiring in 2025.

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"We are hostages to this internal strife in the United States", Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Putin and Macron met in France past year, just weeks after Macron's inauguration.

Mr. Putin spoke highly of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress, which he said had created more favourable conditions for further development of bilateral ties in the long run.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also spoke at the forum and called for closer cooperation with Russian Federation.

Putin sharply criticized the sanctions, saying they signal "not just erosion but the dismantling of a system of multilateral cooperation that took decades to build".

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