Trump Had 'Informal' Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit

Trump Had 'Informal' Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit

Trump Had 'Informal' Conversation With Putin At G-20 Summit

After US President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the G20 summit, citing the military tensions with Ukraine, the Russian leader said there were no pre-conditions for future bilateral talks.

Trump has made a decision to pull the United States from the Paris accord on curbing carbon emissions, saying it is unfair, despite mounting evidence of the changing climate's dire effects.

Trump, who has already slapped $250 billion in tariffs on China, sounded upbeat about making progress with his counterpart Xi Jinping after weeks of dire warnings.

However, she did not elaborate the content of the conversation, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump appeared to avoid Putin for most of the day Friday, breezing past him as world leaders stood for a photo.

Protesters against the Group of 20 summit in this year's host city of Buenos Aires.

Elsewhere in Buenos Aires, as Argentina goes through a painful economic crisis, tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully to denounce the government for spending millions on the summit while the public endures rocketing inflation and unemployment.

Trump canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend citing unease over Russia's November 25 seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews.

Ukraine's leader called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russian Federation from further aggression in the region and said Russian Federation was blockading Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov.

And he cosied up at Friday's round-table talks to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, somewhat of a fellow outcast at the G-20 over his suspected role in the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist.

The summit marks a quick return to the global stage for Prince Mohammed after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

May also told British media she meant to use the summit to sell the vision of a "global Britain" after its Brexit departure from the European Union, scheduled for March next year.

The Russian leader has warned that if the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles that are now banned under the treaty to Europe, Russia will have to target the nations that would host them.

With Trump feuding with close United States allies, two major summits this year - the Group of Seven democracies and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum - ended without once-routine statements.

The same disputes were hobbling adoption of a G20 communique, observers said. The White House, however, said both leaders had a number of casual conversations, playing down Kremlin's statement. "I think that in no case should we let ourselves be drawn into a war through Ukraine", Gabriel stressed, adding "this is what Ukraine has tried [to do]".

Cohen has agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump now faces what could prove a more formidable foe: the US Congress, which must ratify the agreement.

Putin's wish list is topped by a desire to see an end to crippling anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the US and its allies for Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, its support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine and other actions by Moscow.

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