Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

Kremlin still planning on Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

Trump on Tuesday threatened to cancel planned talks with Putin at this week's G20 summit in Buenos Aires over the incident.

Western partners could have had prior knowledge of Ukraine's Kerch Strait provocation or even took part in its preparation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr Trump will also be meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine president Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

"It was obviously a flagrant violation of worldwide law", he said of the seizure Sunday of two Ukrainian gunboats and a tugboat and the 24 personnel aboard in the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea.

Kiev published a map on Wednesday showing the place of the standoff, which caused a crash, seizure of all three Ukrainian vessels, and the capture of 24 Ukrainian crew members.

Captured Ukrainian navy sailors are conveyed to Kiev district court of Simferopol, Crimea.

On Tuesday, judges in Crimea, which was annexed by Russian Federation from Ukraine in 2014, said all 24 of the captured Ukrainians are being held on criminal charges, pending trial.

Moscow later backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.

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Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters - a charge Ukraine strongly refutes.

One more of the systems would be joining three others already deployed in Crimea, they said.

In the meantime, Poroshenko signed an order to enter into force of the martial law.

It was unclear how it would be applied in the border areas and Poroshenko has suggested it is meant essentially as a preventative measure.

All of the sailors face jail terms of up to six years if found guilty of what Moscow says was a plot to illegally cross the Russian border by trying to pass through the strait without advance notice and ignoring calls to stop.

Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russian Federation to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by accusing his counterpart of having a "sick imagination".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting was on and that Russian Federation has not received "any other information from our United States counterparts". "We don't have any different information from our American colleagues", Peskov said during a daily briefing, according to AFP.

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