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Trump cancels Putin meeting over Russia-Ukraine dispute

Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House to attend the G20 Summit in Argentina Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

US President Donald Trump said he has cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

Mr Trump tweeted his decision after departing Washington for the G20 world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Mr Putin were to meet.

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The president said “based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”

Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews, saying Ukraine did not have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula.

Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.