With member-states haggling over tit-for-tat protectionist measures against each other, Russia’s absence from the economic talk shop has never been more conspicuous.
In any international agreement no one ever gets everything they want, but they can get enough to make the enterprise worthwhile.
Putin’s response to what he called “creative babbling” was that Europe should get to work with Russia working out their common interest. There are common interests, and Putin sees them, but, as the G7 statements make clear, the G7 sees only a Russian enemy.
The G7 summit highlighted the limits of the Atlantic alliance, while the SCO meeting opens up unprecedented possibilities for Eurasian integration.