Trump says he may cancel meeting with Putin over Ukraine

Trump says he may cancel meeting with Putin over Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia's treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over U.S.

Moments before departing for his trip, President Trump told reporters at the White House he planned to meet with Putin and said they have a number of things to discuss. "I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!"

All of the sailors face jail terms of up to six years if found guilty of what Moscow says was a plot to illegally cross the Russian border by trying to pass through the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait on Sunday without notice and ignoring calls to stop.

World leaders are gathering in Argentina for their annual G20 summit amid new tension with Russian Federation over Ukraine and a U.S. trade row with China.

"I think it reflects Washington's tendency to indulge any and all action taken by the Kiev regime, even inciting them to provocative actions", Lavrov told reporters in Geneva.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded to Poroshenko's request by saying the military alliance already has a strong presence in the Black Sea region. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.

For years, we've seen them all parade for the cameras wearing odd outfits and making boring, nearly meaningless statements in the final communique.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting is on and that Russian Federation has not received "any other information from our US counterparts".


On Wednesday, the European Union expressed its "utmost concern about the risky increase of tensions" in the Kerch Strait and Azov Sea and called for the "utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediately", as well as the swift release of the seized Ukrainian ships and crew.

United Nations officials branded the move "illegal" and it was condemned by the West.

Moscow later backed pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in a conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.

But Russia, for the most part, has shrugged off Western pressure. "That also means stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project".

"We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia's aggressive behavior", Poroshenko told Funke.

Poroshenko's attempts to get the European Union to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation appeared to be falling flat. Germany and France, however, have called for efforts to ease tension between Ukraine and Russian Federation.

The G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid growing economic uncertainty and global displeasure with Trump's trade policy.

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