The "historic" Korean reconciliation of the Korean peninsula and the upcoming bilateral talks between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were also mentioned in Putin's statement.
When Trump met with Macron in France previous year, the two shared an intense handshake that saw both men clench their fists until their knuckles turn white. All questions of a possible summit between the two leaders were also pushed aside with President Putin giving an answer that as beneficial as it might prove to be, the current domestic political situation in the U.S. stood as a huge barrier between mutual positive communication.
Site highlights each day to your inbox. The English-language Twitter of account of the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper posted photos of a tense scene in La Malbaie, Quebec, and another of Xi and Putin smiling, with the caption, "G7 vs SCO: two meetings on the same day".
Trump has suggested that Russian Federation should return to the global group, saying at a news conference Saturday in La Baie, Quebec, Canada: "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in".
Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, says Trump has voiced concern about a renewed arms race.
The Kremlin leader did not miss an opportunity to thumb his nose at the club of leading industrialized democracies, saying that the combined purchasing power of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization - which includes Russian Federation and China - outstripped the G7. I'll be honest with you, they have no choice.
Putin said he would be willing to meet with Trump to discuss the G-7 and other matters.
Xinhua quoted Xi as saying that the Iran nuclear deal should continue to be implemented earnestly as it acts to stabilize the peace and stability in the Middle East as well as for the global non-proliferation regime. "I think it would be good for the world".
Each of the European Union, China and Russian Federation have announced their intention to salvage the nuclear deal and tried to persuade Tehran to stay after the United States exit, but some senior officials in Iran are skeptical of European positions and accuse them of sharing roles with Washington. The point isn't that each of those deals was flawless, but to Trump they were disastrous primarily because they involved the United States joining with other countries in the hopes that everyone could emerge better off. Donald Trump's style is to go it alone.
"We oppose the practice of sacrificing other countries' security for their own absolute security", Xi told a gathering of the SCO's heads of state in the Chinese port of Qingdao.
Trump prefaced his call for Russia's inclusion by saying, "Now, I love our country" - not something that presidents normally feel compelled to declare.