Trump Threatens to Cancel Meeting With Putin After Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash

Trump Threatens to Cancel Meeting With Putin After Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash

But Putin today said the West was ready to forgive Ukrainian politicians their shortcomings because it bought into the anti-Russian narrative Kiev is promoting. And it all works.

If they demand babies for breakfast, they would probably be served babies. "The current president immediately provokes the imposition of martial law, and this means only one thing - this means that the incident itself was provoked to impose martial law".

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed tensions in the Kerch Strait near Crimea with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in separate phone calls and emphasized the importance of a diplomatic solution to tensions between the two neighbors, a Turkish presidency source said Wednesday.

European Union leaders said they were considering ratcheting up sanctions on Russian Federation for illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov over the weekend and because of its defiance of calls to release the Ukrainian crew members. They later emerged on Russian television confessing that the Ukrainians had been provocative, but officials in Kiev said that the men had been forced to lie.

The mother of detained sailor Andriy Eyder, Viktoria Eyder, told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in the Black Sea port city of Odesa that her son was "wounded and is hospitalized in Kerch".

On November 25, three Ukrainian naval ships breached the Russian state border in the Kerch Strait.

"It was without doubt a provocation". He later halved the martial law time frame to a month, which would allow the election to go ahead as planned. The president is in fifth place ratings-wise and therefore had to do something.

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The statement by Ukrainian officials contradicts Russia's argument that it was chasing the ships because they were violating its territorial waters.

"There are signs of a provocation, which was prepared in advance".

Ukraine has also blamed the Kremlin for separatist violence in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russian Federation. "This is a game of aggression", Putin continued.

The Kremlin called the introduction of martial law a "reckless" act that "potentially could lead to the threat of an escalation of tension in the conflict region in the southeast" of Ukraine.

"I count on the United States", Poroshenko told NBC on Tuesday. The United States targeted $250 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing lashed back by slapping tariffs on $110 billion worth of USA goods.

Russia and Ukraine have had a tense relationship ever since a pro-Western social movement ousted a pro-Russian president in 2014.

Earlier Wednesday, the Russian military announced it would be boosting the defenses of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles in the wake of the standoff.

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