Putin meeting unlikely to happen anytime soon

Putin meeting unlikely to happen anytime soon

Putin meeting unlikely to happen anytime soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the Kerch Strait standoff was a planned provocation by Ukraine.

Trump and Putin instead had a very brief meeting when they bumped into each other on the sidelines of the summit in Buenos Aires, but did not hold proper talks. Ukraine has called for a stronger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the Black Sea region and for further Western sanctions against Russian Federation.

"With the Polish partners, we are talking about additional possibilities of using other formats and channels of pressure on Russian Federation", the minister concluded.

In a wide-ranging November 30 interview with VOA on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Trump also talked up a new trade deal with US neighbors Mexico and Canada and suggested he is not very concerned about China's growing global reach.

Merkel and Putin agreed to continue discussing the dispute at the advisor level in the four-way Normandy format that has sought to ease tensions between Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Only after a few hours after Trump's announcement, his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow, fuelling new allegations into Russia's role and the President.

Trump was referring to Putin's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors, several of whom were wounded by Russian fire, in the Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine on Sunday.

Russian Federation recently seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and detained its sailors, as the neighboring countries continue to clash.

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Tensions remain high in the Sea of Azov - which both Ukraine and Russian Federation share access to - following Sunday's clashes.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters he hoped it would be possible for the two leaders to meet properly before too long.

Trump's decision comes as an investigation mounts at home into whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 election and as Congress presses for tougher sanctions against Moscow.

Though the substance of Trump's conversation with Putin on Friday was not detailed by the White House, Putin said that it had to do with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. "Yes, indeed, the talks haven't taken place, but this doesn't mean that we ceased all contacts", Putin said during a December 1 press conference in Argentina.

It was easy to overlook that the agreed statement was thin gruel, and that it contained an abstention from the United States - the world's biggest economy and second-biggest polluter - on the critical issue of combatting climate change.

The CIA reportedly has told Trump that Prince Mohammed, who has close ties to the administration, was behind the brutal murder of dissident journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

"I find it very appropriate to have a meeting about Idlib even if it's for a short time", Erdoğan said. However, the restoration of NAFTA was in Trump's presidential election campaign and during the times of negotiation, Trump threatened to tear up the pact and to withdraw the USA completely this time in G20 summit.

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