President Donald Trump announced late Thursday morning that he would not meet as scheduled with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit.
Trump explained in a tweet that the cancelation was a result of Russian military conduct following an altercation with Ukranian ships in the Azov Sea. Since “the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine,” Trump said, it would be inappropriate to meet with Putin.
Trump was scheduled to meet with Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Kremlin confirmed as recently as Thursday morning. Speaking to reporters on the White House’s South Lawn Thursday morning, Trump said he would “probably” meet with Putin.
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