White House says Mueller probe is likely undermining U.S.-Russia ties

02 December, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin

Trump said Thursday he cancelled the meeting due to Russia's aggression with Ukrainian ships and crews last weekend.

The discussion came after US President Mr Trump scrapped a scheduled meeting with Mr Putin due to Russia's confrontation with Ukrainian ships.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement: "As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the First Lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin".

"We spoke standing up".

"We had a brief talk with Trump; I answered his questions about the Black Sea incident".

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin", Trump wrote on Twitter on November 29.

"The ship's logs of the detained Ukrainian ships contain the task to penetrate the territorial waters of Russian Federation, and this is confirmed by the sailors' testimony".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took Putin to task at length over the naval spat, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron urged him to "de-escalate" the crisis.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018.

Merkel and Putin also discussed the situation in Syria, and agreed more effort should be made to work towards the implementation of agreements by Germany, France, Turkey and Russian Federation at a summit in Istanbul in October, Seibert said.

Her main focus, however, was on the situation in Ukraine.

"Free shipping into the Sea of Azov to the Ukrainian coast and harbors must be ensured" by Russian Federation, she said. There is a basic contractual agreement from 2003 on this. She added this is enshrined in a 2003 treaty and Russian Federation must stick to that.

Trudeau says he raised his concerns during the G20 Summit about Russia's actions that resulted in the seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels near Crimea.

Putin - who has praised his navy for defending Russian territory - "provided exhaustive explanations on this incident in the Black Sea, explaining everything in detail, in exactly the same manner as yesterday during his meeting with the French president", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.

Separately, the Ukrainian border service said Saturday that about 100 Russian citizens had been denied entry since the border restrictions went into effect Friday.

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