US President Donald Trump said he decided to cancel the planned meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on December 1 in Argentina, after receiving a full report on the episode in the Kerch Strait between Russia and Russia. Ukraine.
"Based on the fact that the ships and the sailors have not returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided that the best thing for all parties involved is to cancel the planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Argentina," Trump said in a message at the social network Twitter.
The US president added that "he looks forward to a meaningful meeting with Putin as soon as this situation is resolved."
Trump said he would make a final decision on whether to meet with the Russian president at the G20 summit in Argentina after receiving a full report on the Kerch Strait incident .
"I am receiving a full report on the plane about what happened [in the Kerch Strait] with respect to that I will determine what I am going to do [regarding the meeting with Putin]," Trump told reporters at the White House while He was preparing to leave for Buenos Aires.
For his part, the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the Kremlin does not have official information on cancellation of the meeting between the presidents.
"For now we see only the tweet and the media, we do not receive official notification, if so, then the president (Putin) will have a couple of extra hours to hold fruitful meetings on the margins of the summit," said Peskov.
The summit of the G20 (Group of 20 industrialized and emerging countries) is held on November 30 and December 1 in Buenos Aires.
On November 25, three Ukrainian vessels - the Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats and the Yani Kapu tugboat - violated the Russian border by entering its provisionally closed waters, sailing from the Black Sea to the Kerch Strait.
The Ukrainian vessels made dangerous maneuvers and ignored the requirement to stop, so they were arrested with their 24 crew members.
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Moscow called the actions of Kiev "maritime terrorism" and responded by tightening controls in the Russian zone of the Sea of Azov, which connects with the Black through the Kerch Strait.
Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that the naval incident was a provocation and revealed that among the crew of the offending vessels were two Ukrainian Security Service personnel who were directing that operation.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, declared that with this incident Kiev seeks to earn points for the presidential campaign, scheduled for March 31, 2019.