Donald Trump cancels meeting with Vladimir Putin, rebuffing Russian olive branch

Sanders spoke to reporters travelling with the president on Air Force One.

All of which means that Trump will have to deal with more than the usual forced grins and awkward handshakes when he confronts his summit counterparts in Buenos Aires. "There will be discussions of new sanctions and the like, but the matter is most likely to come down to mere rhetoric", Bystritsky said, adding, however, that relations between Russian Federation and the West still could deteriorate further following the cancellation of the Putin-Trump meeting. On Thursday President Trump called Cohen a "liar", which is demonstrably true.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said he might cancel the meeting due to the Kerch Strait incident.

The announcement came shortly after Trump had told reporters as he left the White House that the summit would be a "very good time" for a meeting with Putin.

The official said that the Kremlin was "trying to save face" with their comment.

NATO, which has condemned Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships, said that the alliance's ships routinely patrolled and exercised in the Black Sea, that allies conducted regular air policing and reconnaissance flights there, and that the alliance had stepped up its activities since Moscow annexed Crimea.

It still remains unclear whether the two presidents will so much as exchange pleasantries at the G20 summit, which is taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She did not offer any explanation for those changes to the schedule.

Trump and Putin pictured in Helsinki in July this year.

Poroshenko's attempts to persuade the European Union to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation also are unlikely to bear fruit any time soon, diplomats say, given divisions within the bloc over how to deal with Moscow.

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Bogdan Bezpalko, an expert of the Russian Presidential Council on Interethnic Relations, said the conflict was "planned" and "Russia was provoked to use force".

Leaving the White House on Thursday, Trump kept the global suspense going.

On the ground for just two days, Trump is packing every moment with diplomacy, conducting bilateral meetings with numerous world leaders as well as group events.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shifted the blame to the West, accusing the United States and Europe of encouraging Ukraine.

While no official sit-down is scheduled, Trump has kept the door open to a casual meeting.

"Putin wants the old Russian empire back", he said.

A plainly rattled White House also announced Thursday that Trump's formal meetings scheduled with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the G-20 would be downgraded to informal "pull asides", in the words of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

When Joy Behar started to argue, Meghan McCain backed Huntsman up by pointing out that the past three USA presidents have had fairly positive relationships with Putin.

  • Sonia Alvarado