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Trump says he may cancel meeting with Putin over Ukraine

29 November, 2018, 04:22 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will both be in France for the centenary of World War I but Trump says he has no plans to meet separately

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid the blame for a standoff with Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea on the Ukrainian president and his desire to get re-elected.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that Russia's attack upon and seizure of three Ukrainian ships violated global law and shows that Moscow can't be trusted.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr. 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, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "President, we believe you, '" Poroshenko said. The new deployment would allow it to increase its air defence coverage area.

Over the last year, the two countries have levied a series of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of imports from one another, with the latest round of U.S. duties set to go into force in the new year.

The strait links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov and is where Russia has built a long new bridge _ the only land link between Crimea and the Russian mainland.

Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichoki told Reuters on November 27 that Warsaw felt vindicated, after the Kerch Strait crisis, in its calls for a more unified Western position on Russian Federation.

Mattis made his comments on Ukraine to reporters following remarks to a closed-door Senate session on a proposed resolution that would cut off US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war.

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Russian ships rammed a Ukrainian tugboat and fired on two Ukrainian gunboats in the Sea of Azov on Sunday, causing tensions between Russia and Ukraine to reach levels not seen since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, claiming its ethnic Russian majority was under threat from the Ukrainian government. "I didn't like the incident and we're getting a report on what's going on", Trump told The Post during a 36-minute Oval Office interview.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting about the escalating tensions between the Ukraine and Russian Federation, at United Nations headquarters in New York, Nov. 26, 2018.

Trump has been briefed on the situation as he considers whether to cancel the Putin meeting but no decision has been made, White House officials said on Wednesday.

A court in Crimea on Tuesday ordered 12 of the 24 Ukrainian seamen held in custody.

"Europe shouldn't like that aggression, and Germany shouldn't like that aggression", Trump said. Russia is treating the seamen as individuals who violated the Russian border, an offense that carries up to six years in prison. Three hospitalized sailors were also formally detained for two months.

Ukrainian sailors did not react to the warnings of border guards.

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