Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Russia-Ukraine crisis clouds G20 summit in Buenos Aires

Russia-Ukraine crisis clouds G20 summit in Buenos Aires

Trump tweeted that in the wake of the seizure of Ukrainian ships and crews in the Black Sea by Russian Federation, it would be best for all parties concerned to nix the meeting.

President Trump is heading to the G-20 summit in Argentina.

Russian officials are expressing surprise about Trump's cancellation of the meeting with Putin, with whom the US president has enjoyed a warm relationship despite significant geo-political differences between the two countries.

The president did a 180 shortly after take off, tweeting that the sit down was canceled, citing three Ukrainian ships seized by Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he won't meet Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin this weekend at the G20 summit in Argentina.

This week, I offer a special briefing in advance of Trump's participation at the G20 summit in Argentina.

Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, as saying that the Kremlin only learned about the cancellation from Trump's tweet.

The administration of then President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The meeting between the two presidents is set to be just one of several high-profile foreign policy engagements for the United States leader on a whirlwind two-day visit to Argentina.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump changed his mind on the meeting after discussing the matter with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton, Reuters reported.

A decade on, that unity has vanished, as the "America First" Trump shreds the consensus underpinning global trade, and other G20 countries such as Brazil, Italy, and Mexico turn to populist leaders.

The Trump administration has sent lethal weapons like anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and U.S. National Guard forces have trained the Ukrainian army fighting Russian-backed separatists. The Kremlin, however, said Thursday it could not confirm this news.

While the formal meeting has been cancelled, they could still talk to each other at the summit.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to aid his country and "provide security" amid tensions with Russian Federation.

Ahead of the summit, International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde warned against further trade barriers, including Mr Trump's proposed vehicle tariffs to protect American auto jobs.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions toward Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea following the toppling of a pro-Russian leader in Kiev.

Minutes after telling reporters at the White House that the meeting was still on, Trump made the announcement via Twitter while traveling to the Group of Twenty summit in Argentina.

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