Trump abruptly cancels G20 meeting with Putin

Trump faces China trade showdown, Russia, Saudi tensions at G-20

Donald Trump Vladimir Putin G20 meeting cancelled over Ukraine | Daily Star

However the meeting was never publicly confirmed by the White House and President Trump had previously signalled he could scrap the sit down after Saturday's clash. A USA special counsel is investigating whether Trump's election colluded with Moscow, something he denies. He did so "based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation".

The G-20 is a recent and somewhat odd institution-probably the first major global institution to be created without a dominant USA role as parent or midwife.

According to a Kremlin document reported on Thursday by Reuters, the Russian president is due to meet Trump at 11:30 a.m. local time (4:30 p.m. Israel time) on December 1.

Mr Trump tweeted his decision today after departing Washington for a world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Mr Putin were to meet.

In tweets sent from aboard Air Force One, Trump said he was doing so because Russia had not returned the Ukrainian boats and sailors it seized after accusing them of illegally entering Russian waters near Crimea.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Trump was missing an "oppopportunity to redeem himself, stand up for American values, stand up for worldwide law, stand up for our own national security interests, and he had that opportunity and instead he's abdicating it".

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The crown prince arrived in Argentina on Wednesday and on Tuesday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "I wouldn't say that we've ruled out any interaction". His agenda Friday will include meetings with the leaders of Argentina, Japan and India, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of heavily choreographed group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.

Another big G-20 topic is escalating trade tensions with China. The Kremlin, however, said Thursday it could not confirm this news. European Union leaders are expected to decide to roll the economic sanctions over for another year when they meet in Brussels in December. That's because Trump did not bring up Russian "meddling" in the 2016 election, which has become an article of faith in the United States despite no actual evidence of it ever being produced. Relations with both those countries also have been tense. In the spring he canceled a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, only to revive the meeting a week later.

But while Russia's maritime maneuvers have been sharply criticized by senior US and Western officials, Trump has been more reticent on the issue.

"What he's trying to do, because he's a weak person, and not a very smart person", Trump said, "it's very simple, he's got himself a big prison sentence and he's trying to get himself a much lesser prison sentence by making up a story".

He may not want to do it.

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