Trump cancels Putin meeting at G20 over Russia-Ukraine dispute

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But Russia's stepped-up action in the Kerch Strait, stemming from its yearslong occupation of Eastern Ukraine, threw another contentious issue into the mix.

However, he later abruptly cancelled, citing Russia's failure to return the Ukrainian ships and sailors it seized last weekend during a confrontation on the Kerch Strait.

Mr Trump had been reluctant to condemn Russia's latest aggression in Ukraine, and shortly before heading to Buenos Aires he said he would meet the Russian president.

In response to the situation in the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian authorities have introduced martial law in select regions of Ukraine along the border with Russian Federation as well as the coasts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov for 30 days.

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 pair had been expected to meet on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Argentina.

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

The one big meeting that may go forward is Trump's dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In a speech to politicians in Spain, where he is conducting a state visit before attending the Group of 20 leaders' summit in Argentina, he said the world is facing "instability, uncertainty and hot topics without precedents in our history".

It has raised fears of a wider escalation - in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 - and prompted global calls for restraint. Without an agreement, the U.S.is set to increase the tariffs on January 1.

The Kremlin's spokesman said Moscow had no official information on Mr Trump's decision, and that if true, Mr Putin would have some extra time for a useful meeting at the G20 summit. Russian Federation has denied meddling and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, he said that while China was interested in striking a deal, "I don't know if I want to do it" and "I like the deal we have now". Since then progress between the two nations appears to have slowed, but Trump continues to hail the meeting as a historic breakthrough.

One more of the systems would be joining three others already deployed in Crimea, they said. "He's open to it".

The warning from Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, came ahead of the two leaders' high-stakes sit-down on Saturday evening. Trump has been under pressure from Congress to punish the crown prince over his suspected involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump has made it clear that MBS and Saudi Arabia, and its arms deals with the US, have his support. Lawmakers in both parties have called on Trump to, at minimum, avoid the young heir apparent as punishment.

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