Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Putin, Trump to meet at G20 summit

Putin, Trump to meet at G20 summit

While Trump cited the seizure by Russian Federation of Ukrainian ships in his tweet, the timing of his former lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea led to speculation that it was planned to coincide with the Putin meeting.

But it is often the attitude of Donald Trump himself that finally undermines efforts at rapprochement.

The Kremlin said Poroshenko's request for naval support appeared to be aimed at increasing tensions in the area.

At the very least, the new developments put Trump's 2020 re-election prospects in jeopardy at a time when six out of ten Americans continue to disapprove of his performance.

Trump was harshly criticised for his failure to confront Putin over Russian interference in the 2016 following a meeting in Helsinki in July.

As he left the White House about 40 minutes earlier, Mr. Trump said he wanted to read the final report during the flight about the incident.

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"I can say that there was a request, but a conversation did not take place, so to speak", Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, said that the White House had confirmed the meeting and laid out the Presidents' agenda. Trump is traveling to Argentina to attend the G20 summit. Trump told reporters outside the White House less than two hours prior to the cancelation that he was contemplating terminating the meeting.

"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 be doing", Trump said.

The comments were Trump's strongest to date in condemnation of Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, where tensions are flaring.

Donald Trump's cancellation of weekend talks with his Russian counterpart is the latest in a series of collapsed efforts towards rapprochement.

The CIA reportedly has told Mr Trump that Prince Mohammed, who has close ties to the administration, was behind the brutal murder of dissident journalist and USA resident Jamal Khashoggi. "And if this is the case we'll have extra couple of hours for other useful meetings!"

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Trump's tweet from aboard Air Force One shortly after takeoff from Washington on the way to Buenos Aires for a Group of 20 summit, was a sudden turnaround.

President Trump's former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump's efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president.

For Trump's detractors, the root concern is Russian interference in the 2016 election which brought him to power, and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign team - an issue being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Putin yesterday accused Ukraine of provoking the incident, saying President Petro Pereshenko was attempting to boost his ratings before elections next year. -Russian relations for years.

According to the expert, Trump had to call off the meeting in view of the domestic political situation in the United States and the pressure he and his administration are facing.

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