Putin and Trump Briefly Met on Sidelines of G20 Summit, Kremlin Says

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held what the White House described as "informal" conversations at the G20 summit in Argentina. "Trump has his own position on the incident, which is different from that of Russian Federation; in any case, I informed him", Putin said.

Russia is resisting global calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols fired upon and seized in the strait near Russian-annexed Crimea last weekend.

A spokesman for Putin said the Russian leader briefed Merkel at length about the situation, and Merkel told him she wanted to help resolve it.

World leaders have gathered in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit this weekend.

Germany and France have been trying to mediate the dispute.

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The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels. In the video, the Saudi prince can be heard telling the French president "Don't worry", to which he replies, "I am anxious ".

"The Kremlin is further testing the strength of the global order", Poroshenko said Saturday, alleging that Moscow is waiting to see whether the worldwide community will allow Russia to assert that the Sea of Azov and Black Sea are Russian territorial waters. "We need increased presence warships from Germany and allied nations in the Black Sea to send a message and deter Russian Federation", he told Funke media group.

"It is regrettable that we can't succeed in holding a full-scale meeting, which is long due", Putin said, adding that issues of strategic stability would be of paramount importance.

The martial law order included a ban on entry to Ukraine of all Russian males aged 16 to 60, a move Poroshenko said is created to prevent undercover Russian military units from infiltrating the country. "We do understand Ukrainian concerns", Foreign Minister Heiko Maas responded last week, adding, "but what we do not want is militarization of this conflict".

The politician says that such actions have to be the response to the capture of Ukrainian military vessels in the Black Sea. 24 sailors were taken into custody.

The naval clash came as the Ukrainian ships sailed to the Kerch Strait, the only waterway leading into the Sea of Azov and the site of a new key Russian bridge linking occupied Crimea with the Russian mainland.

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