Kremlin says it expects Putin-Trump meeting to go ahead

Marsha Scott
November 29, 2018

Poroshenko's original proposal _ to impose martial law in Ukraine for two months after the clash with Russian Federation _ would have meant the March president vote would have to be scrapped due to election rules.

"In the case of Russian attack for the Azov shore we are not just prepared to act militarily, we will fight for our independence, for our territory and our freedom", he said. Putin accused Petro Poroshenko of orchestrating a naval provocation in order to boost his popularity ratings ahead of the country's upcoming election. The rest of the group was due to appear in court on Wednesday. "In economic terms we need to decide if we are going to follow the economic globalization and free market or if we are going to choose unilateralism and protectionism".

US President Donald Trump told the press late on Tuesday that he may cancel his much-touted summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a recent confrontation between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov.

The move comes as Russia and Ukraine are locked in a dispute over a Sunday incident in which Russian forces seized three Ukrainian vessels and their crews in the Black Sea.

Putin on Tuesday warned Ukraine against any "reckless acts" after Kiev declared martial law in response to Moscow's seizure of the navy vessels.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr. Trump will also be meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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He also appealed for the quick release of the captured sailors, who've been given custodial sentences, saying they had clearly been forced to make confessions and should be treated as prisoners of war.

"I hope they understand that", he said.

Ukraine's naval commander, Igor Voronchenko, said the sailors were pressured into giving false evidence. "What they are saying now is not true", he told Ukrainian media.

"The authorities in Kiev are selling anti-Russian sentiment with quite a success today".

The foreign minister of Austria, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, said Tuesday that the bloc will next month consider further sanctions against Moscow over the flare-up.

Both countries said at an in camera session of European diplomats in Brussels that now it is necessary to develop "measures to consolidate confidence". He assured that the Ukrainian side was responsible for the escalation of tensions, since the incident was a deliberate and planned provocation by the Ukrainian Navy.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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