Russian Federation massing troops, weapons at Ukraine border - Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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.

"He has his position about that and I have mine", Putin told reporters at a press conference.

The Group of 7 foreign ministers issued a statement demanding the seamen's release.

A White House official responded to questions centering around a report that a canceled meeting between Trump and Putin may still occur.

Poroshenko praised Trump for cancelling the meeting with Putin, but several US lawmakers from the Democratic Party criticized the Republican, saying he should have used the talks to take the Russian leader to task over Moscow actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation took center stage on Thursday right before his departure for the summit in Buenos Aires, when his former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a project in Moscow in an August 2017 statement to US lawmakers.

He repeatedly voiced a belief that Trump sincerely wants to improve ties with Russian Federation but has been prevented from doing so by his political foes. Moscow says Ukrainian navy ships entered Russian waters while trying to cross the strait without prior notice, ignoring orders to stop.

Trump's snub was a clear kick at Putin as he joined a Group of 20 gathering in Argentina, where Western leaders banded together to denounce Russia's actions in Ukraine.

"I hope it will end someday".

Trump had canceled a formal one-on-one meeting with Putin ahead of the summit over the situation in Ukraine, citing Russian aggression as the reason.

Xi has in turn cast himself as a defender of stable global capitalism, a startling transformation for the leader of a communist state whose entry into the World Trade Organization less than two decades ago was controversial. The Kremlin denies violating the pact.

More anti-Russian sanctions followed and relations soured further.

"Of course, a new meeting is possible", said Ushakov.

"We regret that, but the Russians caused this meeting to be cancelled by their behaviour in the Kerch Strait". The Kremlin said that Putin would use the time that had been set aside for talks with Trump to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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