Donald Trump To Cancel G20 Meeting with Vladimir Putin Over Ukraine Crisis
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump called off a planned meeting at the G20 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's detention of a group of Ukrainian sailors.
He explained on twitter, saying that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia. So, I canceled scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin, he said.
I will again conduct a meaningful Summit again as soon as the problem gets resolved, he said. The announcement was made shortly after Trump told reporters as he left the White House that the summit would be a very good time for a meeting with Putin.
We have not terminated the meeting, I will meet Putin, confirmed Trump. “I was thinking about it, but we haven't. I think it's a very good time to have the meeting," he said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said to the reporters shortly after take-off Trump had conferred in person with Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Pompeo aboard presidential plane Air Force One — as well as by phone with National Security Advisor Bolton, who is in Brazil — before announcing the U-turn. "It's just happened in the last half hour," Sanders said.
When she was asked how Putin was informed about the meeting cancellation, Sanders said that she was not aware of the call between the two presidents.