Erdoğan discusses Crimea tensions with Trump, Putin, Ukraine's Poroshenko

Donald and Melania Trump board Air Force One to traveling to Argentina to attend the G20 summit. Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin registering his disapproval of Russia's treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty

Russian Federation on Wednesday said it would bolster its defenses along the Black Sea by sending another advanced anti-aircraft system to the Crimean Peninsula amid heightened tensions after a naval standoff resulted in three Ukrainian ships and their crews being seized.

The crisis also threatened growing diplomatic fallout with US President Donald Trump warning that he may cancel a long-awaited summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Moscow will soon deploy more of its advanced S-400 air defence systems in Crimea, a military official said. "That will be very determinative", he said today.

Putin on Wednesday broke his silence on the maritime clash, blaming it on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's desire to get re-elected. "It was used as a pretext to introduce martial law".

Sunday's incident has been playing out on Russian and Ukrainian television screens, with dramatic footage of Russian ships chasing down a Ukrainian tugboat that was trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov.

"When he came out [of that meeting], he was just completely reciting Putin's talking points, like he'd been hypnotized", the lawmaker said. Ukraine insists they are prisoners of war, says some were seriously injured in the confrontation and has asked the International Red Cross to arrange a visit to see them.

The RIA Novosti news agency reported it would be in place by the end of the year, joining three other S-400 systems already on the peninsula.

While Russian forces occupied Crimea before the takeover and are heavily involved in the war in eastern Ukraine, according to Kyiv and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the clash in the Black Sea near Crimea was the first case in which Russia has acknowledged its military or law enforcement forces have fired on Ukrainians.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it still expected a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead
APThe Kremlin said on Wednesday it still expected a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead

The Ukrainian parliament late on Monday, November 26, voted in favor of Poroshenko's request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.

Western leaders have faced criticism for what some observers have said was a slow, stumbling response to the developing crisis in Kerch, with tweeted statements of condemnation and concern standing as the only western response for nearly two days. "We still don't know what was said at that meeting", he explained.

The comments were Trump's strongest to date in condemnation of Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, where tensions are flaring.

"Maybe I won't even have the meeting", Trump told the Washington Post.

"We must use the right terms: this is a war in Europe", she said.

On Tuesday, the court ordered 15 of their compatriots to stay behind bars for the next two months.

"There are plenty of facts which show that Washington and some European capitals are willing to tolerate the whims of the Kiev regime", Mr Lavrov added. "What they are saying now is not true", he told Ukrainian media.

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