Trump cancels meeting with Putin citing crisis at Ukraine
The decision took Russia by surprise, said it regrets Trump’s decision
USA President Donald Trump was supposed to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for bilateral talks in Argentina on Saturday. They were both scheduled to be there for the G20 summit.
Trump cancelled the meeting with Putin regarding Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels with their crews near Crimea on Sunday. Russia claims the vessels had illegally entered into Russian waters.
Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Putin of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations.
Differences over Ukraine’s position has always been a hindrance for US-Russia’s relationship.
Moscow Kremlin said “We regret the US administration’s decision to cancel the meeting,” President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies.
“This means that discussion of important issues on the international and bilateral agenda will be postponed indefinitely.”
President Putin said, “*He*is ready to have contacts with his American counterpart.”