Donald Trump scraps G20 meet with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine crisis

30 November, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Trump faces China trade showdown, Russia, Saudi tensions at G-20

Trump is traveling to Argentina to attend the G20 summit.

In interviews with German media, Poroshenko called for Germany and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to protect Ukraine and its interests.

US President Donald Trump has abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, citing Russia's treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over US-Russian ties. Trump added, shortly after taking off for the weekend summit in Buenos Aires.

Who may have a "couple of extra hours" free at the summit?

Russian Federation is sending more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian navy ships.

"Maybe I won't have the meeting", he said.

"Everybody knew about it, it was written about in newspapers, it was a well-known project", Trump claimed, falsely, about his company's covert effort, "during the early part of '16 and I guess even before that", to develop a luxury skyscraper with help from Putin's office and a former general in Russia's military intelligence service. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

How intense is the trade war?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Thursday that the two leaders will start with one-on-one talks and then continue broader negotiations involving officials from both sides.

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"I'm getting a full report on the plane as to what happened with respect to that and that will determine what I'm going to do", Trump said.

The Kremlin said Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned despite a suggestion from Trump that it could be canceled.

What can Crown Prince Mohammed expect?

"Perhaps we can break through in Buenos Aires or not", he said.

Just what is the G20?

It has since turned into the world's preeminent economic forum, eclipsing the G-7 gathering of leading industrial nations. Convened in 1999 by Europe and Canada as a gathering of foreign and finance ministers and largely ignored for the next decade, it won a battlefield promotion during the financial crisis of 2008, when it was elevated by common consent to summit status because it included China, South Korea, and other important USA creditor nations. The two are expected to meet on the sidelines of the summit.

Last year's summit, in the German city of Hamburg, was marred by violent protests.

A long-planned meeting between the United States and Russian presidents was called off suddenly on Thursday, shortly after President Trump's former personal lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump business dealings with Russia.

When he was elected in 2015, Mr Macri promised market-friendly reforms to get Argentina's isolated economy back on track. "Trump's opinion can still change again, as it did before when it changed three times in one day".

And while over the next few days Mr Macri will want to make a good impression for his visitors, he's struggling with his reputation closer to home.



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