Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

The Kremlin said Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned despite a suggestion from Trump that it could be cancelled.

The U.S. president told the Washington Post on November 27 that he would wait for a "full report" on the November 25 Kerch Strait incident but he also seemed to condemn the Russian aggression for the first time.

"Maybe I won't have the meeting", he said.

Erdoğan and Trump also agreed during the phone call for a meeting at the upcoming G20 meeting in Argentina. Ukraine insists its vessels were operating in line with worldwide maritime rules, while Russian Federation says they had failed to get permission to pass through a Russia-controlled area.

The Ukrainian ships did not respond to the legitimate demands coming from the vessels of the Border Service of the Russian Security Service (FSB) and the Black Sea Fleet that had pursued them in order to stop them immediately and thwart their risky maneuvers. Twenty-four sailors were detained and "courts" in Russian-occupied Crimea ruled that they be detained for two months, pending trial. The rest of the group was due in court on Wednesday.

They are accused of illegal crossing of Russia's maritime border, said Azamatov. "In economic terms we need to decide if we are going to follow the economic globalisation and free market or if we are going to choose unilateralism and protectionism".

A rift was growing between Britain and key allies yesterday as European diplomats pushed back on calls for a firmer response to Russia's weekend naval clash with Ukraine.

President Putin has lashed at Ukraine over its imposition of martial law, depicting it as a cynical pre-election ploy by the country's unpopular president while also mocking western countries over their "short-sighted" support for Kiev.

This gives Ukrainian authorities the power to mobilize citizens with military experience, regulate the media and restrict public rallies in affected areas.

"Angela, let's get involved Angela!" he added, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, exaggerating the pronunciation of her first name.

"I hope they understand that", he said.

Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday's confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russian Federation.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked lawmakers in Kiev to institute martial law, something the country did not do even during the worst of the fighting in the east that killed about 10,000 people.

The Ukrainian navy says Russian ships fired on and seized three of its artillery ships Sunday as they were sailing from Black Sea port city of Odessa to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.

Russian state television late on Monday aired footage of some of the captured sailors being questioned by Moscow's security services.

Videos appeared online showing a Russian coast guard vessel ramming the Ukrainian navy tugboat in the Kerch Strait.

Ukraine's naval commander, Igor Voronchenko, said the sailors were pressured into giving false evidence.

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