Trump cancels Putin sitdown over crisis between Russian Federation and Ukraine

Trump cancels Putin sitdown over crisis between Russian Federation and Ukraine

Trump cancels Putin sitdown over crisis between Russian Federation and Ukraine

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Tensions had already been high over the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. The cancellation comes just days after Russian Federation fire upon and then seized a number of Ukrainian ships and sailors.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to aid his country and "provide security" amid tensions with Russian Federation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed the crisis "entirely" on Russian Federation and said she would raise the issue with Mr Putin.

Since backing Ukraine's ousting of a pro-Kremlin leader in 2014, Washington has supported Kiev against Moscow's annexation of the contested Crimean Peninsula and alleged backing for separatist rebels in the eastern region of Donbass.

The Kremlin denied it was restricting shipping, saying it hadn't heard of any problems.

Poroshenko's comments were published Thursday in the German newspaper Bild. Ukraine, once a Soviet satellite state, is not a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member. "The incident in the Black Sea happened, it is a border incident, no more".

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The Ukrainian vessels - a tug and two gunboats - were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, but were refused access and chased into global waters by 10 Russian vessels.

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. Russian Federation said the vessels illegally entered its waters.

On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukraine gunboats and 1 tugboat sailing toward the Kerch Strait, the only entrance to the Sea of Azov, after failing to respond to lawful demands to stop, according to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, said that the White House had confirmed the meeting and laid out the Presidents' agenda.

United Nations officials branded the move "illegal" and it was condemned by the West. Major fighting ended with a 2015 ceasefire but deadly exchanges of fire are still frequent. "Trump is beleaguered on many fronts, one of which is his aspiration for constructive relations with Russian Federation".

The Nord Stream 2 project is a potentially serious problem for Ukraine which now earns large transit fees from piping Russian gas to Europe and stands to lose out. Trump also opposes Nord Stream 2.

Speaking with German newspaper Bild, Mr Poroshenko called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for naval support to counter Russia's "aggressive policy". "That also means stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project".

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