Trump Threatens to Cancel Putin Meeting Amid Ukraine Standoff

By Bloomberg 28 November 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens as Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, speaks during a news conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump threatened to cancel a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week, after Russia captured three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea.

“Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” Trump said Tuesday in an interview with the Washington Post. “I don’t like that aggression. I don’t want that aggression at all.”

Trump said he’s awaiting a “full report” from his national security team about the incident on Sunday, when Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and detained 23 sailors. Ukraine imposed martial law in some regions after Russia’s move, a major re-escalation of hostilities that drew recriminations from the U.S. and European Union.

The Trump-Putin get-together in Argentina would be the first one-on-one meeting between the American and Russian presidents since a summit in Helsinki in July. DM


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