Trump scraps planned meeting with Putin at G20 summit

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Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea.

On Thursday, Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his discussions over a Trump Tower project in 2016.

Mr Trump tweeted that "it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting" with Mr Putin, adding that he was looking forward to a "meaningful summit.as soon as this situation is resolved".

Merkel said she would raise the Black Sea issue with Putin at a G20 summit which starts in Argentina on Friday.

Trump announced he was canceling the meeting less than an hour after telling reporters he believed it is "a very good time to have a meeting" with Putin.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Putin of wanting to annex his entire country and called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations.

President Donald Trump will not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this week.

"I probably will be meeting with President Putin". He was widely criticized for failing to publicly denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election and appearing to accept Putin's denials of such activity.

But on Thursday, Trump tweeted that the meeting was off because of escalating clashes between Ukraine and Russian Federation near Crimea. "It's not our job and we left it without a response", Peskov said at the time.

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USA intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 US election, an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

"The United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russian Federation".

National security adviser John Bolton said Trump will also be meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amid worsening relations on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Mr Poroshenko of creating the naval "provocation" to boost his ratings ahead of 2019 elections.

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. That in part brought ties between Washington and Moscow to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

But while Russia's maritime manoeuvres have been sharply criticised by senior United States and Western officials, Mr Trump has been more reticent on the issue.

Trump also seems to have told his Twitter followers before he informed the Kremlin the sit-down was canceled.

Complicating the already complex diplomatic landscape, Russian Federation shot at Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels on Sunday, prompting the government in Ukraine to accuse Moscow of preparing for "full-scale war".

Bezpalko predicts a series of reactions from Western countries will follow, including sanctions against Russian Federation.

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