"We have to carefully analyse, watch what's going on, and see at what stage and how we can participate in this process and use it, including by the way, to avoid any restrictions in the sphere of global financial activity", Putin said. The Skripals were in critical condition for weeks before recovering.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russian Federation would not be invited back to join the Group of Seven nations until it stops interfering in the affairs of other countries, rebuffing calls from US President Donald Trump for Moscow to return to group.
His comments stood in marked contrast to remarks that Trump made during the summit of the Group of 7 major economic powers over the weekend in Quebec, where he lashed out at traditional allies such as Canada and said Russian Federation ought to be invited to rejoin. This is ignorance of the very reason why Putin was absent during the summit held in Canada this past weekend and from previous meetings: A response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in", Trump said during an impromptu press conference at the summit.
May made the remarks on Saturday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump had suggested that Moscow be allowed back in the group. "I fully agree with him", he said, adding that personal meetings and work by experts are needed to tackle the issue.
Putin says some nations including Austria have offered to host his summit with Trump.
European members of the G7 unanimously oppose US President Donald Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted into the club, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Friday.
"We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the USA president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter.
"Things happen", Putin added. "Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run, and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russian Federation out", he said without making a reference to the reason for Russia's expulsion - the invasion of Ukraine. Trump was due to arrive in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The ritualized show of respect toward Putin in China camouflaged an actual lack thereof; but in Europe there is still plenty of genuine interest in and awe of Russia's power-corrupt as it is.
"Our countries are definitely concerned about the current situation regarding the Iranian nuclear program", the Russian leader pointed out, adding that "the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA may destabilize the situation".
He emphasised that the bloc's members, who also include China, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan, are anxious about the United States move. The bloc includes China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.
Mr Putin said Washington's decision to exit the agreement could "destabilise the situation" in the region.
Alluding to US President Donald Trump's recent spate of adversarial behavior towards his allies, including the imposition of tariffs and a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Chinese President Xi Jinping said "unilateralism, trade protectionism and a backlash against globalization are taking new forms".
USA trading partners have been furious over President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.
Trump talks tough ahead of G7 meetings in Canada
The two leaders talked on the phone last week after Trump announced US tariffs on European goods. Mr Trump will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.