Donald Trump cancels meeting with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine crisis

G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires

REUTERS Andres Martinez Casares Pool

US President Donald Trump says he has cancelled an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of the Russia-Ukraine standoff.

But as Air Force One was departing for Buenos Aires, the United States leader tweeted he was calling off the planned talks because of Russia's aggression towards Ukraine. Trump called his former aide's confession to the special counsel, in which he said that he had lied to Congress to protect the president, false.

President Trump on Thursday announced he is canceling a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday, but Ian Bremmer believes the two leaders will still meet over the weekend.

Trump tweeted after his arrival: "Arrived in Argentina with a very busy two days planned".

Ukraine has imposed martial law in some of its border regions in response to the incident, and with a growing number of other European countries, urged Western allies to impose additional sanctions on Moscow.


The White House said Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Ukraine-Russia incident by telephone and "the two leaders expressed deep concern about the incident in the Kerch Strait and the continued detainment of Ukraine's vessels and crew members".

Russian vessels opened fire upon and seized three ships from Ukraine after they accused them of violating Moscow's territorial waters. He demanded Russian Federation release the Ukrainian sailors and vessels.

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

The White House on Tuesday warned Xi against trying to wait out Trump in the ongoing talks, suggesting the Chinese economy was not as resilient to a trade war as the US economy.

He will press Chinese President Xi Jinping to avert the stepped-up tariffs by throwing open China's markets to U.S. competition and protecting foreign companies' intellectual property.


"I think it's in President Trump's interest to have this meeting be viewed as a success", said David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.

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. Trump also is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner, in what may be a pivotal session to determining if and how the ongoing trade dispute between their countries could be resolved.

He said American and Russian delegations would also convene for talks that may last an hour.

Trump and Putin were supposed to meet in Argentina on the sidelines of the G20 summit, which gathers leaders from the world's 20 largest economies.


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