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

Trump arrives in Argentina for G20 Summit

After the G20 wrapped up on Saturday, the USA leader held a post-summit meeting in Buenos Aires with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Putin, also speaking in Buenos Aires, said he told foreign leaders "how the situation unfolded" and then accused Ukraine's government of stoking the conflict "to cover up one's failures in economic and social policy".

Trump had earlier canceled a bilateral meeting with Putin that was scheduled to take place during the summit in Argentina, citing Russia's ongoing detention of Ukrainian ships and sailors.

He says Putin did not have an opportunity to respond to his remarks during the meeting of leaders. I think we have a very good relationship, and I think we're going to have a very good relationship with Russian Federation, and China, and everyone else.

"I think they want to, and I think we'd like to".

"I think that Mr. Trump does not have a very clear strategy as to what he wants out of this relationship with Russian Federation, so I think he doesn't really know what the outcome of this rapprochement will be between the United States and Russian Federation, and I think more frequently then not President Trump is sort of creating a new form of conflict without any particular reason".

"He has his position, I have mine", Putin said, adding that neither had changed as a result of the exchange.

Russian channel TV Rain reported on Friday that 24 Ukrainian sailors had been taken to prison facilities in Moscow.

Ukraine can not receive official information from the Russian side about the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has reported.

In response to the seizure of the ships, Poroshenko convinced the Ukrainian parliament to implement martial law in ten border regions. On November 30 the government barred male Russian nationals aged 16 to 60 from entering the country, with President Petro Poroshenko saying the measure was created to prevent the formation of "private armies".

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Trump's snub was a clear kick at Putin as he joined a Group of 20 gathering in Argentina, where Western leaders banded together to denounce Russia's actions in Ukraine.

"This is related to the issues of strategic stability, especially after the president declared his desire to withdraw from the INF missile treaty", Putin added.

Western leaders have vocally criticized Russian Federation and called for the release of the Ukrainian sailors.

According to a French aide, Friday's version entailed Putin drawing a map for Macron of the Kerch Strait, to buttress his position that the seized Ukrainian ships had intruded into Russian waters - a claim denied by Kiev.

Ushakov also said he met with National Security Advisor John Bolton and that both countries were ready to continue the dialogue.

"If the domestic situation and the pressure from Russophobes like Ukraine and its sponsors prevent the USA president from developing normal ties with the Russian president. we will wait for another chance", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding "love can't be forced".

Trump on Thursday announced on Twitter that "it would be best for all parties concerned" if he and Putin did not meet as planned because Ukrainian ships and sailors recently seized in the Sea of Azov had not been released by Russian Federation.

Xi has in turn cast himself as a defender of stable global capitalism, a startling transformation for the leader of a communist state whose entry into the World Trade Organization less than two decades ago was controversial.

Peskov said that Putin and Trump greeted each other at some point on November 30, but there was no sign of anything but brief contact.

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