Kremlin reacts to canceled Trump-Putin meeting

Kremlin reacts to canceled Trump-Putin meeting

Kremlin reacts to canceled Trump-Putin meeting

"I think it's more than a headline diversion", he told RT, saying that it might be more related to the appearance of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen in federal court and his guilty plea about discussing plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow that "all the anti-Trump people are chattering about today".

The Putin meeting - a continuation of a controversial summit between the two in July - was just one of a series of high-stakes items on Trump's agenda, which also includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on how to ease a rising trade war.

Donald Trump scrapped Russian Federation meeting after its seizure of three Ukrainian ships. Mr Trump claimed the decision was taken in light of Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will go ahead on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, the Kremlin said Thursday. The US president added, however, that he looked forward to a meaningful summit as soon as the Kerch strait situation is resolved.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared martial law in border regions and put the armed forces on high alert, warning of a potential "full-scale war" and "ground attack" from Russian Federation.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Mr Trump said he would be receiving a "full report" from his national security team on Russia's recent actions in eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea.

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

There were further signs that Russian Federation was pressing ahead with its plans to fortify Crimea and turn it into what Kremlin-backed media have called a fortress. He said Trump is "not going away".

A plainly rattled White House also announced Thursday that Trump's formal meetings scheduled with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the G-20 would be downgraded to informal "pull asides", in the words of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Poroshenko, whom Putin has accused of manufacturing the Black Sea crisis to boost his flagging ratings before an election next year, called on Germany to halt an undersea pipeline project that would allow Russian Federation to supply more gas to Germany directly.

Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country, to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow, after the weekend naval clash off the disputed Crimean Peninsula, in which Russian Federation fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels, amid renewed tensions between the neighbors. The Moscow project only became public knowledge after Trump's inauguration as president the following year.

The United States and its allies later condemned the move at the United Nations.

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