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"Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow", Putin told reporters in China where he attended an economic summit and met with President Xi Jinping.

President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a "special welcome" to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group previous year.

He said that several countries, including Austria, have offered to host a Trump-Putin meeting.

Putin said he shares Trump's expression of concern about a renewed arms race expressed in a March phone call.

Speaking about the Skripal case, discussed at G7 summit, Putin noted, that "nothing new" was said on the matter, stressing that "it is necessary to stop chatter and move on to cooperation".

'I fully agree with him, ' he said, adding that personal meetings and work by experts are needed to tackle the issue. Lawmakers have questioned his hesitance to criticize Russian Federation, particularly for its alleged role in influencing the 2016 US election.

"It is the highest-level, most profound and strategically most significant relationship between major countries in the world", said Mr Xi.

Putin also welcomed Trump's statement that Russian Federation should be invited to rejoin the group that was called the G8 before others expelled Russian Federation.

"We should reject self-centered, shortsighted and closed-door policies", said Xi, whose own country has been accused of restricting broad access for foreign firms to its huge market.

"We will be ready to greet them all in Moscow", he added.

Russian Federation was booted out of the then-G8 when it annexed Ukraine's Crimea four years ago and has done little since to win favour with the elite group of wealthy nations.

Before departing the White House for the G-7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, early Friday morning, Trump told reporters that he believed Russian Federation should be readmitted to the group. Russian Federation was kicked out of the G7 after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014.

On the prospect of a third World War, Putin said that the threat of mutual destruction has always restrained participants of the global arena and prevented leading military powers from making hasty moves. It is a serious issue, this might really hurt the economic interests of many countries, first of all, of course, of the European ones.

"I hope that it will happen, at least we are ready for that and I think that the ball is in the USA court", the Russian president said.

India and Pakistan are also members.

Now in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the pact, "SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement", said Dawn Murphy, professor of global security studies at the U.S. Air War College.

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