Trump scraps high-profile meeting with Putin at G-20 over Ukraine

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The time frame for the meeting was "quite tight", Peskov said, adding there would be "a brief conversation between the presidents, as we expect, and then negotiations, which can last about an hour".

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel to Argentina and the G20 Summit from the White House in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2018.

Trump may also be vulnerable to charges that he lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the president's Russian Federation ties.

There were further signs that Russian Federation was pressing ahead with its plans to fortify Crimea and turn it into what Kremlin-backed media have called a fortress.

USA intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 US election, an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Andrei Klimov, the deputy chair of the Russian upper house International Affairs Committee, told Sputnik on Thursday that Russian-US relations may suffer due to Trump's decision to cancel the Buenos Aires summit with Putin.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Air Force One that the decision to cancel the meeting was "made on the plane" after Trump received an in-flight briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Kovalik also argued that Trump might be feeling pressured not to look like he's "colluding" with Putin - a charge leveled by his Democrat critics even before he defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and used since to challenge the legitimacy of his presidency.

Three Ukrainian seamen were wounded on Sunday when Russian warships opened fire on their navy vessels as they attempted to pass through the Kerch Strait to the Sea of Azov, where there are two Ukrainian ports. His national security advisor, John Bolton, had said the Putin meeting was on the books.

There were further signs that Russian Federation was pressing ahead with its plans to fortify Crimea and turn it into what Kremlin-backed media have called a fortress.

The leaders of South Korea and Japan will be in Argentina. It has since turned into the world's preeminent economic forum, eclipsing the G-7 gathering of leading industrial nations. With so many cooks tending the broth and no real leadership, consensus on trade, capital rules and other issues generally eludes the G-20 leaders.

He said the summit will also give Trump an opportunity to discuss trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and attempt to get some kind of deal to avoid a prolonged trade war. The Kremlin said Poroshenko's request looked created to cause more tensions in the area. The two are expected to meet on the sidelines of the summit. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President nearly daily, my Presidential Weekly Briefing focuses on the topics and issues President Donald Trump needs to know to make informed decisions. But one planned meeting will not happen after all.

"I think that Trump in many ways was damned if he did and damned if he didn't", Clark told RT, noting that Democrats who called for him to cancel the meeting are now saying he should still meet with Putin, if only to criticize him over Russia's alleged misconduct.

But while Russia's maritime maneuvers have been sharply criticized by senior USA and Western officials, Trump has been more reticent on the issue. But he certainly wants to change the headlines.

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