Trump to miss opportunity to discuss controversial issues with Putin: Russian lawmaker

Posted December 01, 2018

Three Ukrainian naval ships attempted to force passage through the Kerch Strait in Crimea, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, on Sunday, before they were intercepted and captured by the Russian coast guard.

Kiev is banking on its Western allies to provide military support to contain Russian Federation, which it says is preparing to invade its territory by land.

Coming just hours after the Kremlin said the meeting was on track, the declaration was a departure from much of Trump's past dealings with Putin.

"I hope I can talk to Trump in Argentina", Putin told a financial forum in Moscow.

President Donald Trump apparently struggled to understand the English-language translation of his Argentine counterpart's Spanish words on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions toward Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea following the toppling of a pro-Russian leader in Kiev.

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That session will lead into the large gathering of the G20, where Trump will find himself face-to-face with the collection of global leaders he has sometimes rebuffed.

She did not say why the meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had been downgraded.

Trump was supposed to sit later in the day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who hosted last year's G20 and has withstood sustained attacks by Trump over auto imports and trade.

Trump may also be vulnerable to charges that he lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the president's Russian Federation ties. She did not offer any explanation for those changes to the schedule.

Most of the more than 30 people charged by Mueller are Russians, but the investigator has also secured guilty pleas on various charges against former Trump aides.

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The president faced blowback after his one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki this past summer, where he declined to forcefully confront the leader and even explained Putin's denial of hacking the US elections.

The president's stated reason for skipping a Putin meeting - the crisis in Ukraine - is a legitimate one.

While Trump's statement was strongly worded, he has made similarly dramatic moves before only to walk them back.

"First of all, questions related to bilateral relations, we need to think about how to start talking on matters of bilateral relations, on matters of strategic security and disarmament and on regional conflicts", he told journalists in a regular press briefing.

A court in Simferopol, in Crimea, will decide on a pretrial restriction for nine detained Ukrainian sailors, Crimea's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmila Lubina said on Wednesday. "Great family. And you're doing a fantastic job, and I want to congratulate you", he added.

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