Trump barrels into G-20 summit after nixing Putin meeting

Trump faces China trade showdown, Russia, Saudi tensions at G-20

The Kremlin on Thursday said it was surprised to learn that a meeting between its leader Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump had been cancelled via a tweet.

However the meeting was never publicly confirmed by the White House and President Trump had previously signalled he could scrap the sit down after Saturday's clash.

Russian Federation is sending more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian navy ships.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump wrote on Twitter on November 29 that he will not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina due to Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

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Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's press secretary, was quoted as saying that the Kremlin only learnt about the cancellation from Mr Trump's tweet by Russian media. Trump plainly wanted to hold the one-on-one: Though he'd hinted the day before he might call it off because of Putin's aggression against Ukraine last weekend, shortly before leaving for the summit, he told reporters, "I probably will be meeting with President Putin".

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared martial law in border regions and put the armed forces on high alert, warning of a potential "full-scale war" and "ground attack" from Russian Federation.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands next to Russia President Vladimir Putin just prior to a G20 family

Russian Federation said Ukraine did not have permission to pass between Russia's mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. He demanded Russian Federation release the Ukrainian sailors and vessels. He said Trump is "not going away".

"I think it reflects Washington's tendency to indulge any and all action taken by the Kiev regime, even inciting them to provocative actions", Lavrov told reporters in Geneva.

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

Western governments have rallied behind Kiev, accusing Russian Federation of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both countries, and of using force without justification. The Moscow project only became public knowledge after Trump's inauguration as president the following year.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will speak informally with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina rather than in formal meetings.

The United States and its allies later condemned the move at the United Nations.

Trump also said on Thursday he would have been willing to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Argentina but there was no time in his schedule.

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