President Trump calls off G20 summit meeting with Putin

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University

A long-planned meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents was called off suddenly on Thursday, shortly after President Trump's former personal lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump business dealings with Russia.

But he also said he would be getting a finalized report during his flight about Russia's recent seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

President Trump on Thursday announced he is canceling a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday, but Ian Bremmer believes the two leaders will still meet over the weekend.

Trump added: "I don't like that aggression".

Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

The administration of former President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Also Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could play a mediator role between Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Ukraine has also accused Russian Federation of enforcing a de facto blockade on two key Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, which Russian Federation denied, saying shipping delays were due to "bad weather".

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).




At best, analysts say, there will be a temporary truce at the G20 to give both Trump and Xi something to crow about.

Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country, to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow, after the weekend naval clash off the disputed Crimean Peninsula, in which Russian Federation fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels, amid renewed tensions between the neighbors.

Trump is not scheduled to hold a formal meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison but the Australian government is hopeful Morrison will be able to speak one-on-one with Trump on the summit sidelines.

World leaders are gathering in Argentina for their annual G20 summit amid new tension with Russian Federation over Ukraine and a U.S. trade row with China.

Spotted leaving with the first couple were Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump along with the president's outgoing personal aide Jordan Karen.

Sunday's incident was the first direct confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the long-running conflict pitting Kiev against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.

The United States and the European Union have both imposed sanctions on Russia over its conduct towards Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow seized and annexed Crimea after a pro-Russian leader was toppled in Kiev.

"I think we're very close to doing something with China, but I don't know that I want to do it", Trump told reporters.

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