Trump, Putin had 'informal' meeting at G-20, White House says

Trump and Xi conclude a commercial truce in high point of a confrontational G20

The White House confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke during a dinner with world leaders at the G20 summit. I have my own.

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko urged Russian Federation to return the boats and sailors seized a week ago in the Sea of Azov, which he described as a deliberate act of aggression.

Huckabee Sanders did not disclose the content of their conversation, but in a press conference later Saturday Putin revealed that Trump had questioned him about Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea.

It's all about internal United States politics and "anti-Russian hysteria", Russian officials shrug. On November 30, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries and the European Union called the seizure of the vessels unjustified and demanded Russian Federation free the Ukrainians, saying that the standoff had "dangerously raised tensions".

"Free shipping into the Sea of Azov to the Ukrainian coast and harbors must be ensured", Merkel said to reporters after the meeting.

Still, what Putin really wants is to make a deal with Trump.

Trump has said he won't be meeting with the Crown Prince at the G20.

He repeatedly voiced a belief that Trump sincerely wants to improve ties with Russian Federation but has been prevented from doing so by his political foes. The clash, that took place on Wednesday, was rubbished by Mr Putin who insisted it was staged - despite Russian border guards opening fire on two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug before seizing their crews. "Maybe it will happen in 2020 when the next USA presidential election is held and he will no longer have to constantly look back at those who engage in anti-Russian rhetoric".

But an informal chat between Trump and Putin went ahead on the sidelines of the summit regardless.

Putin strongly denied any Russian breaches of the pact.

"We had an opportunity to discuss the ongoing process in Northern Syria with the U.S.as two strategic partners".

More anti-Russian sanctions followed and relations soured further. "If we speak about worldwide forums, this may happen at the G20 summit in June".

He added: "The President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behaviour unacceptable, so we cancelled the meeting". The Kremlin said that Putin would use the time that had been set aside for talks with Trump to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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