Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump abruptly cancels Putin meeting after Russian Federation probe bombshell

Trump abruptly cancels Putin meeting after Russian Federation probe bombshell

US President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin two days before they were scheduled to sit down on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Russian crews later boarded and seized those Ukrainian ships, which Ukraine and many Western leaders have condemned as a blatant act of Russian aggression.

Peskov said earlier Moscow regrets the U.S. administration's decision to cancel the planned meeting between the two presidents in Buenos Aires.

In a phone call Wednesday, Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed their concern about the incident, said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Putin was on his way to Argentina.

Mr Trump's last summit with Putin, in Helsinki in July 2018, prompted an outpouring of criticism that the United States president had failed to hold his Russian counterpart to account over what USA intelligence services have concluded was deliberate Kremlin meddling in the 2016 elections. Shortly afterward, however, he announced on his Twitter account that he would be canceling the meeting because of his worries about the conflict between Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but warned it would depend on the results of a report being prepared by his national security advisers about Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships. "They would like to have it, I think it's a very good time to have a meeting". "There will be discussions of new sanctions and the like, but the matter is most likely to come down to mere rhetoric", Bystritsky said, adding, however, that relations between Russian Federation and the West still could deteriorate further following the cancellation of the Putin-Trump meeting.

"I hope I can talk to Trump in Argentina", Putin told a financial forum in Moscow. Trump sent in his response to Mueller before Cohen made his stunning admission on Thursday-although the president's lawyers surely were aware of news reports last spring that prosecutors had emails showing that Trump's business negotiations with Russian Federation were ongoing.

Trump had previously cast the Buenos Aires sit-down into doubt, telling The Washington Post he might cancel seeing Putin after Russia's naval action sparked global condemnation and a sharp escalation in tensions between the neighbours.

"We are expecting the two presidents to speak briefly at first, but everything is left to the discretion of the heads of state", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Kiev introduced martial law in parts of the country after the incident, saying it feared a possible Russian invasion.

The Kremlin said Trump's tweet was how it learned about the abrupt cancellation.

"I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!" he added, Xinhua news agency reported.

"I wouldn't say we've ruled out any interaction", she said, although she stressed that "the president's schedule is pretty packed". "That's in the interests not only of our two countries, it's in the interests of the whole world".

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