Trump cancels Putin meeting over Russian aggression against Ukraine

Mikhail Svetlov  Getty Imag Russian President Vladimir Putin

Mikhail Svetlov Getty Imag Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Ukrainian Navy on Sunday said that Russian forces opened fire and seized three Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait, wounding six Ukrainian military sailors, two of them in serious condition.

The White House has not publicly confirmed the meeting and did not immediately respond to CNN's requests for comment.

"I can say that there was a request, but a conversation did not take place, so to speak", Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said.

But while Russia's maritime manoeuvres have been sharply criticised by senior USA and Western officials, Mr Trump has been more reticent on the issue. "This is in the interests of not only our two countries, but the world at large", he said.

Speaking alongside Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in Berlin today, she said the latest crisis was "entirely the doing of the Russian president" and accused Moscow of violating a 2003 agreement guaranteeing free movement in the area.

"This meeting is necessary for both sides", Ushakov said.

If it goes ahead as scheduled, it will be the first such sit-down between the two men since they met for more than two hours in Finland in July with only their translators present.

The Russian rouble, which is sensitive to events that might lead to new sanctions being imposed on Russia, fell on news of the cancelled meeting between Trump and Putin. I was thinking about it, but we haven't.

Bolton did not confirm whether the situation in Ukraine would be on the table.

What happened to the Azov sea?

The US State Department has termed Russia's actions "a unsafe escalation" and said Washington wants to see "our European allies doing more to assist Ukraine".

Russian Federation also seized 2 Ukrainian vessel and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors who had been arrested in the occupied Crimea.

Moscow branded Kiev's stunt in the Kerch Strait as a risky provocation, while the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation called for a de-escalation of tensions, while Kiev declared a 30-day martial law.

In the interview with Bild, Mr Poroshenko said Vladimir Putin wanted "nothing less than to occupy the [Azov] sea".

Mr Putin yesterday accused Ukraine of provoking the incident, saying President Petro Pereshenko was attempting to boost his ratings before elections next year.

"We can not accept this aggressive policy of Russian Federation".

The Ukrainian Navy said that it had informed Russian Federation in advance about the passage of Ukrainian vessels from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait.

After Cohen's call, his partner in the effort, Felix Sater, emailed him about Putin. The FBI later interviewed Flynn at the White House, where he denied that he'd discussed sanctions that then-president Obama had just imposed on Russian Federation.

"This is a deliberate provocation".

"If this is so, [Putin] will have a couple of additional hours on the program for useful meetings on the sidelines of the summit", a spokesman told state-run news agency TASS. "We don't have any official information", Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, said.

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