Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressure

Charlene Craig
December 2, 2018

It was also reported that The Trump Organisation was seeking a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the time he was running for president and offered Putin a $50 million penthouse apartment.

November 25, the border service of the Federal Security Service of Russia detained three Ukrainian warships, which, without warning, violated the sea border and made unsafe maneuvers in Russian waters.

He confirmed that Russia's aggression against Ukraine was the sole reason for the cancelation and called suggestions that Trump's decision was influenced by developments in the special counsel Robert Mueller probe "ludicrous".

Across the world in Argentina, foreign leaders grilled Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia's actions, but he remained firm, squarely blaming Ukraine for the confrontation, saying its vessels violated Russian territorial waters.

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Pompeo said that "the President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behavior unacceptable, so we canceled the meeting".

President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin had an "informal" conversation at the Group of 20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, the White House said. "The Russians behaved in a way that is deeply inconsistent with worldwide law".

Putin said at the summit that there's been no discussion with Ukraine about releasing the sailors or the ships.

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President Petro Poroshenko says Russian Federation has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine.

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany noted that such measures have to be in force until the situation in Ukraine is not resolved.

Earlier, Poroshenko had also called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy military vessels to the Crimean coast "in order to back Ukraine and ensure security".

President Petro Poroshenko says Russian Federation has deployed "more than 80,000 troops, 1,400 artillery and multiple rocket launch systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armored combat vehicles, 500 aircraft and 300 helicopters" along their border. Merkel's spokesman said Putin agreed that the four countries should hold additional talks.

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The naval clash came as the Ukrainian ships sailed to the Kerch Strait, the only waterway leading into the Sea of Azov and the site of a new key Russian bridge linking occupied Crimea with the Russian mainland.

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