Kremlin confirms Trump-Putin G20 meet amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

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President Donald Trump had been planning to meet with Vladimir Putin this week at the G20 Summit in Argentina, but he abruptly canceled on Thursday after departing for Buenos Aires.

Kiev and Moscow continue to trade barbs, amid accusations of a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. US investigators may disagree.

Trump appears to have chose to follow through on that threat - a decision that marks one of the strongest signals yet he's willing to hold Russian Federation to account for its belligerence in the region.

The use of a nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England early this year also poisoned the warming of ties which Trump and Putin wanted.

Mr Trump had also said he would get a final report during the flight to Argentina on the tension in the region after Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian vessels.

Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the incident in which Russia's coast guard fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels.

"We condemn this demonstration of barbarism and are multiplying our efforts to bring our boys home", Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Twitter after the court rulings.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to send ships to the area.

The Kremlin also scoffed at an appeal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to reinforce the Azov Sea with naval ships, saying this was yet another provocation by Kiev created to further escalate the situation. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.

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He said the Ukrainian ships had entered Russian territorial waters and refused to respond to requests to stop from Russian patrol boats.

Russian Federation on Thursday deployed a new battalion of advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in Crimea, its fourth such battalion, TASS news agency cited a spokesman for Russia's Black Sea Fleet as saying.

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Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about the proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow, prompting Trump to lash out at Cohen as a "liar" and "weak person".

It has raised fears of a wider escalation - in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 - and prompted worldwide calls for restraint.

Bolton has pushed for Trump to withdraw the United States from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty over what US officials called Moscow's violation of it. Major fighting ended with a 2015 ceasefire but deadly exchanges of fire are still frequent.

But Russia, for the most part, has shrugged off Western pressure.

The Nord Stream 2 project is a potentially serious problem for Ukraine, which now earns large transit fees from piping Russian gas to Europe and stands to lose out.

But while Russia's maritime manoeuvres have been sharply criticised by senior USA and Western officials, Trump has been more reticent on the issue. Trump also opposes Nord Stream 2. It has also at times shut the strait completely. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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