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Trump cancels Putin meeting over Russia Ukraine clash in Black Sea

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Trump
stunned observers when he rebuffed the US intelligence community
in favor of Russia in Helsinki.

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  • President Donald Trump said he would cancel a planned
    meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • The meeting, to take place in Buenos Aires, would’ve
    been their first since a summit in Helsinki in July.
  • Trump said he scrapped the sit-down over Russia’s
    detention of Ukrainian ships and sailors over the
    weekend.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was canceling a
planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the
Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires this weekend in response to a
clash between Russia and Ukraine on the Black Sea.

“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been
returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best
for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled
meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin,” Trump
said in a series of tweets.

“I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as
this situation is resolved!” he added.


Two Ukrainian forces navy ships are seen near Crimea
Two
Ukrainian forces navy ships are seen near Crimea. The Ukrainian
navy says a Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy
tugboat near Crimea, damaging the ship’s engines and
hull.


Ukrainian
Navy Press Service via AP



While Trump had previously suggested the meeting might not
happen, Moscow said earlier on Thursday that
Putin and Trump were set to meet Saturday in the Argentine
capital amid the summit of leaders from the world’s 20 largest
economies.

It would’ve been the first meeting between the two leaders
since the met face-to-face in Finland with only their translators
present in July.


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The cancellation comes in response to a violent incident on
Sunday near the Kerch Strait, which separates the Black Sea from
the Sea of Azov.

During the encounter, Russian ships blocked, rammed, and
eventually opened fire on a group of Ukrainian ships that were
attempting to sail into the Sea of Azov, where two of Ukraine’s
major ports are located.


Ukraine sailors russia tv confession
A Ukrainian serviceman
gave a bizarre confession broadcast on Russian state
TV.


Screenshot/Russia24


The two countries agreed in 2003 to share the sea, which is
one of the shallowest in the world, but Moscow has said that its
annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, which has gone unrecognized
by much of the world, invalidates the agreement.

Citing terrorism concerns, Russia has increased security
patrols around the Kerch Strait and has detained Ukrainian ships
in the past. It has also at times shut the strait completely.
Kiev has accused Moscow of militarizing
the area and of harassment, while the Kremlin has said it is
defending its territory and guarding against threats.

Several Ukrainian sailors were wounded in the incident,
which ended with Russian seizing the Ukrainian ships and the 24
sailors, who remain in captivity. Kiev on Monday declared marital
law in several regions of Ukraine, including areas controlled by
Russian-backed separatists.

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