Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border

Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border

Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border

Merkel used breakfast with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit to voice her "concern" over the tensions in the Kerch Strait off Russian-annexed Crimea.

After the summit with Putin in July, Trump was widely criticized for failing to publicly denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election and appearing to accept Putin's denials of such activity.

He added: "Prior to that they said they were going to blow up our bridge so what do you expect our border guards to do?" - an apparent reference to Moscow's earlier claims that Ukrainian radicals planned to blow up a new bridge between Russian Federation and Crimea, which Russian Federation annexed in 2014.

US President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement - or USMCA - in Buenos Aires.

Trump cancelled their meet over the escalating tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine.

"He has his own position, I have my own position".

"The five can, for a good reason, play a more significant role in the global financial system, strive to continue the reform of the IMF and strengthen our influence in the Fund", Putin said at a BRICS meeting.

This time he signed, though only after pressing for USA opposition to the Paris Agreement on climate change to be included in the statement, along with other changes in the text that contradicted the very intent and spirit of the G20.

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The Russian president said bilateral talks with Ukraine are not now held but that contacts between the two countries had not been cut off completely, according to Russia's state news agency Tass.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he was open to talking with Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko as pressure mounts internationally against Russia to release three navy ships and 24 sailors it captured last Sunday.

Putin and MBS - the crown prince is known by his initials - are in the worldwide dog house: Putin for Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels; MBS for ordering the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But observers noted that the cancellation suspiciously aligned with developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the United States election, including shocking testimony by Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. The latest arrival is just-elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, hailed by US National Security Advisor John Bolton as a "like-minded leader". With so many cooks tending the broth and no real leadership, consensus on trade, capital rules and other issues generally eludes the G-20 leaders.

Putin also hoped that meeting with Trump to be held when American side is ready.

Among the headliners is Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the world will be watching how leaders treat him in the wake of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's gruesome dismemberment.

"Of course, we talked about the situation in the Sea of Azov, because it is important to avoid any aggravation", Merkel said in Buenos Aires. However, the restoration of NAFTA was in Trump's presidential election campaign and during the times of negotiation, Trump threatened to tear up the pact and to withdraw the USA completely this time in G20 summit. There are many issues and we need to find a way to move forward.

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