Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump cancels Vladimir Putin meeting in Air Force One tweet

Donald Trump cancels Vladimir Putin meeting in Air Force One tweet

The Kremlin's spokesman said Moscow had no official information on Trump's decision, and that if true, Putin would have some extra time for a useful meeting at the G20 summit. "I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved". On Thursday President Trump called Cohen a "liar", which is demonstrably true.

Trump engaged in a chat with other leaders, while Putin had a good laugh together with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and even "high-fived" him after the G20 "family photo". Kiev has accused Moscow of militarizing the area and of harassment, while the Kremlin has said it is defending its territory and guarding against threats.

Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine's infrastructure minister, said November 29 that Russian Federation had imposed a de facto blockade on two Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov, by barring ships from leaving or entering the sea via the Kerch Strait.

On Nov. 25, Russian naval forces attacked and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea, injuring at least three Ukrainian sailors, capturing 24, and jailing them on false charges.

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko accused Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations.

National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters Tuesday that if the two leaders did meet, Trump would discuss security, arms control and regional issues with Putin. She was expected to arrive late to the summit, and the meeting did not appear on Trump's schedule for Friday.

From the start, all the overtures Trump made in the direction of Putin were interpreted by his critics in light of suspected collusion.

The president faced blowback after his one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki this past summer, where he declined to forcefully confront the leader and even explained Putin's denial of hacking the USA elections.

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"The United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russian Federation".

Russia's Tass News Agency said these charges are punishable by up to six years in prison.

Moscow has condemned Ukraine for violating Russian territorial waters but Kiev has declared a state of emergency over the incident, saying a "Russian invasion" was impending.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Mr Putin of wanting to annex his entire country and called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations.

Ahead of the scheduled meeting, Trump's aides had previewed a broad agenda, though were vague on details.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said formal meetings with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea would be replaced with informal conversations. Ukraine isn't a member of the USA -led military alliance.

A court in Simferopol, in Crimea, will decide on a pretrial restriction for nine detained Ukrainian sailors, Crimea's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmila Lubina said on Wednesday.

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