Donald Trump cancels Vladimir Putin meeting at G20 citing Ukraine crisis

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are seen during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires Argentina

Trump's decision to skip this meeting is somewhat surprising, given that evidence of Putin's antics - including the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the Democrats during the 2016 election days before the Helsinki summit - hasn't deterred Trump from sitting down with the Russian leader in the past.

The meeting was scheduled for December 1.

'I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!'

The news ensured any meeting with Putin would spotlight the special counsel's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the campaign. On Thursday President Trump called Cohen a "liar", which is demonstrably true.

While the two leaders had planned to hold talks during the summit, the meeting was cancelled at the last moment by the US.

Mr Trump told The Washington Post earlier this week that he might cancel his meeting with Mr Putin over the conflict with Ukraine.

The decision appeared to catch the Kremlin by surprise.

His Western allies have so far not offered to provide any of these things, despite his warnings of a possible Russian invasion after Moscow seized three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews on Sunday near Crimea.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised Trump on Twitter, saying, "This is how great leaders act!"

"I think it's a very good time to have the meeting", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington to fly to Buenos Aires.

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Trump walked by Putin in order to get to his spot, but did not shake his hand or otherwise interact with him.

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Bolton has pushed for Trump to withdraw the United States from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty over what USA officials called Moscow's violation of it. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russian Federation.

Mr. Trump weathered the similar criticism of going soft on Mr.

Kiev is banking on its Western allies to provide military support to contain Russian Federation, which it says is preparing to invade its territory by land.

An altercation between the two countries fleets saw Russian coast guards take 24 Ukrainian sailors captive, and also capture three Ukrainian Navy shops.

Ahead of the scheduled meeting, Trump's aides had previewed a broad agenda, though were vague on details.

A court in Simferopol, in Crimea, will decide on a pretrial restriction for nine detained Ukrainian sailors, Crimea's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmila Lubina said on Wednesday.

When Joy Behar started to argue, Meghan McCain backed Huntsman up by pointing out that the past three US presidents have had fairly positive relationships with Putin. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump made the decision after consulting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

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