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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 7, 2018.

"Canada's position is absolutely clear that there are no grounds whatsoever with its current behaviour to let Russia back into the G7", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters as she listed Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula, interference in democratic elections and the poison-gas attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain.

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.

The Friendship Medal of the People's Republic of China was presented to Mr Putin personally by Chinese President Xi Jinping in a grand ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday (June 8).

Putin also said they discussed Iran but didn't provide details.

China is mired in tough negotiations with the United States to avoid a trade war, while Moscow has deep differences with Washington on multiple diplomatic fronts, including Syria and Ukraine. "I see this as an acknowledgement and an evaluation of Russia's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China", he said, making only passing mention of "our personal friendship". In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so.

During his Sunday remarks, Putin also addressed the situation in North Korea - two days ahead President Trump's planned sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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Putin said it was not Russia's decision to quit the G7, saying he would be happy to see G7 leaders in Russian Federation. The addition of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan have also raised questions about the group's long-term cohesiveness.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.

Xi, speaking just before he put the medal on Putin, called him a "good and old friend of the Chinese people".

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

It can only be conferred on a foreigner who has made outstanding contributions in promoting exchange and cooperation between China and the world, and in maintaining world peace.

"At any rate, we are ready for this", Putin said Thursday in an interview published Saturday, according to the New York Daily News.

Both leaders also issued a joint declaration pledging to preserve the global accord on Iran's nuclear programme which the U.S. withdrew from last month. He added that Russian Federation will continue to honor the agreement, which offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.


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