Trump canceling Putin meeting is diplomatic slap on the wrist

Putin arrives in Buenos Aires for G20 summit

Putin arrives in Buenos Aires for G20 summit

Trump sent in his response to Mueller before Cohen made his stunning admission on Thursday-although the president's lawyers surely were aware of news reports last spring that prosecutors had emails showing that Trump's business negotiations with Russian Federation were ongoing.

But as Air Force One was departing for Buenos Aires, the USA leader tweeted he was calling off the planned talks because of Russia's aggression towards Ukraine. Kiev is hoping Trump will push Putin on the confrontation, which began Sunday when Russian Federation fired on Ukrainian ships trying to enter the Kerch Strait, a crucial waterway separating the Black and Azov seas.

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday morning, local time, that he looked forward to a meaningful meeting "as soon as this situation is resolved!"

Trump tweeted from Air Force One. Roughly an hour earlier, he had told reporters he would probably meet with Mr Putin at the summit and said it was "a very good time to have the meeting".

After warning of the threat of "full-scale war", Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russian Federation, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Limited martial law in Ukraine is in place for 30 days, and Russian Federation said Wednesday it was strengthening air defense and early warning radar systems on the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine four years ago.

The meeting between the two presidents is set to be just one of several high-profile foreign policy engagements for the U.S. leader on a whirlwind two-day visit to Argentina.

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Xi said on Wednesday the global community needs to build consensus to solve the conflict between free trade and protectionism.

The Kremlin said Trump's tweet was how it learned about the abrupt cancellation.

USA intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 US election, an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Poroshenko, whom Putin has accused of manufacturing the Black Sea crisis to boost his flagging ratings before an election next year, called on Germany to halt an undersea pipeline project that would allow Russian Federation to supply more gas to Germany directly. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President nearly daily, my Presidential Weekly Briefing focuses on the topics and issues President Donald Trump needs to know to make informed decisions.

The G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union. If Trump had gone ahead with the meeting, he would've been accused of "appeasing Russian aggression" just like after Helsinki, Clark said.

"I think we are at a crossroads", Xi said.

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