Germany, France, Ukraine and Russian Federation will hold further talks at the advisor level about a shipping standoff in the Kerch Strait, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, urging Moscow to let Ukrainian vessels enter the Sea of Azov.
Putin's wish list is topped by a desire to see an end to crippling anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the USA and its allies for Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, its support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine and other actions by Moscow. "We stayed in our own positions". You can't argue against it. "The freedom of shipping traffic in the Sea of Azov. must be ensured". This is evident from the documents and sailors' testimony. "The Ukrainian side has asked us to act wisely". But it's too early to discuss this while the probe is underway.
"It is a pity that we cannot have a real meeting".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he did not talks to UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, noting that normalizing Russian-UK relations is a matter of the nearest future.
"We spoke in passing".
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"He has his position about that and I have mine", Putin told reporters at a press conference.
He said that when the incident happened, he instructed his office to set up a call with the Kremlin leader to say "we are ready for this negotiation to de-escalate. and unfortunately, until now, Putin did not answer my request for a direct phone conversation". He added that he regrets missing out on the full-fledged meeting with Trump which, he said, is long overdue.
And on Thursday - just hours before cancellation of the Putin meeting - the probe shot into sensitive new territory with a guilty plea from Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer. "I think it is really necessary", responded the Russian president.
'They exchanged pleasantries at the leaders session as he did with almost every leader in attendance, ' a senior White House official said on background.
"I think that when such comparisons are made and Russian Federation is mixed up with terrorists, this behavior should rest on the conscience of those who make them..." Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russian Federation. Still, the two men spoke over dinner, and there was no sign that anything that happened at the G20 would convince Mr. Putin to end Russia's damaging and risky blockade of two Ukrainian ports on the Azov Sea. Convened in 1999 by Europe and Canada as a gathering of foreign and finance ministers and largely ignored for the next decade, it won a battlefield promotion during the financial crisis of 2008, when it was elevated by common consent to summit status because it included China, South Korea, and other important US creditor nations.