Vienna is one of the cities being considered as the venue for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday.
French President Emmanuel Macron said ahead of the summit that USA allies would not be intimidated, signalling that the other six countries at the G7 meeting would be willing to sign a final declaration without Trump. According to Russian officials and reports on state television, the main obstacle to such a meeting is the U.S. Congress and Washington foreign-policy establishment that are set against allowing ties with Russia to improve.
One other G-7 leader, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said in a tweet he supports Trump's suggestion.
A spokesman at the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, brushed it all off.
"We have always been clear that we should engage with Russian Federation". It was important to remember why Russian Federation left the G-8 grouping to begin with, the official said, adding Russian Federation would need to change its approach before there could be any talks on it rejoining.
Russian Federation was suspended from the G8 after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Mr. Conte leads a peculiarly pro-Russia coalition of the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right Lega, whose leader Matteo Salvini signed a co-operation agreement a year ago with Mr. Putin's ruling United Russia party.
"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted.
"We will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining this order makes no sense at all because it would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist", said Tusk.
Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled.
Previous year at the G7 summit in Italy, Trump and his officials balked at some of the language relating to global efforts to address climate change - the leaders could not produce a consensus statement that Trump would sign - a move that foreshadowed his eventual withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord a week later. Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec.
Mr Trump plans to leave the summit early and will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection. Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider.
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Canada and other US allies are retaliating with tariffs on USA exports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has predicted the G-7 talks will be heated because of the American stance on trade.
While speaking to reporters on Friday prior to departing for Canada to attend the G-7 summit, the president said he has been "Russia's worst nightmare" but called for the country to be a part of the economic talks. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies.
Putin has been referring to the USA president as "Donald" in public appearances and praising his acumen.
At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.