Trump Puts Kibosh on Putin Talks, Citing Ukraine-Russia Naval Confrontation

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President Trump abruptly cancelled a meeting with President Putin yesterday, setting the stage for one of the frostiest G20 summits in recent times as world leaders grapple over the crisis in Ukraine, support for Saudi Arabia and the threat of a global trade war.

Trump added: "I don't like that aggression".

Russian Federation continues to hold three Ukrainian naval vessels and more than 20 sailors they seized last weekend in the Black Sea.

The naval confrontation off the coast of Crimea was staged by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin says.

Poroshenko, whom Putin has accused of manufacturing the Black Sea crisis to boost his flagging ratings before an election next year, called on Germany to halt an undersea pipeline project that would allow Russian Federation to supply more gas to Germany directly. Russian Federation said Ukraine didn't have permission to pass between Russia's mainland and the Crimean Peninsula, but Ukraine has maintained its vessels abided by maritime laws.

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President Donald Trump has suggested the country wants to raise tariffs on all imported automobiles to 25 percent. Trump - and especially officials in his administration - have tried traditional diplomatic strategies.

Peskov said the agenda for the meeting scheduled for Saturday between Putin and Trump included strategic security, bilateral relations, disarmament and regional conflicts.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded to Poroshenko's request by saying the military alliance already has a strong presence in the Black Sea region.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared martial law in border regions and put the armed forces on high alert, warning of a potential "full-scale war" and "ground attack" from Russian Federation.

The Kremlin also chose to stop all commercial shipping through the Kerch Strait that connects the Azov and Black seas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting is on and that Russian Federation has not received "any other information from our USA counterparts".

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The Browns improved to 4-6-1 on the season and are three games back of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. He's thrown for 2,242 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, making him a Rookie of the Year candidate.

Could Russia invade? The BBC asked Ukrainians what they think.

"For many, especially in the United States and perhaps among allies, such a meeting would signify that the U.S. approves of this action by Russia", Schultz explained. Major fighting ended with a 2015 ceasefire but deadly exchanges of fire are still frequent.

But Russia, for the most part, has shrugged off Western pressure. Trump also opposes Nord Stream 2. "That also means stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project".

Poroshenko's attempts to persuade the European Union to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation also are unlikely to bear fruit any time soon, diplomats say, given divisions within the bloc over how to deal with Moscow.

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".

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The two sides have been in negotiations for months, but Kudlow described them as being stalemated until just a few weeks ago. Beijing was hoping Washington would call off the planned increase as a result of this week's meeting between Trump and Xi.

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