Kremlin touts Trump-Putin meeting - before Trump cancels it

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Donald and Melania Trump board Air Force One to traveling to Argentina to attend the G20 summit.

US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit was regrettable, the Kremlin said.

Following Argentine President Mauricio Macri's remarks Friday at a news conference at Macri's Casa Rosada residence, Trump shook the South American leader's hand before quipping, "I think I understood you better in your language than I did on this, but that's OK". On Thursday President Trump called Cohen a "liar", which is demonstrably true.

But on Thursday, Trump tweeted that the meeting was off because of escalating clashes between Ukraine and Russian Federation near Crimea.

"Trump's cancellation of his meeting with Putin is another [example of] Twitter anti-diplomacy, a kind of PR stunt that was once again probably pushed through by Russia's opponents inside the U.S".

In fact with few notable exceptions, Trump has had nothing but glowing praise for the Russian president and has made a number of decisions while in office that appear to have been to his benefit, including refusing to impose sanctions on Russia.

Mr Trump had also said he would get a final report during the flight to Argentina on the tension in the region after Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian vessels.

NATO, which has condemned Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships, said that the alliance's ships routinely patrolled and exercised in the Black Sea, that allies conducted regular air policing and reconnaissance flights there, and that the alliance had stepped up its activities since Moscow annexed Crimea.

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National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters Tuesday that if the two leaders did meet, Trump would discuss security, arms control and regional issues with Putin.

Trump was darting from bilateral meetings to summit sessions and back, starting with an early morning breakfast alongside Argentine President Mauricio Macri, the summit's host.

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Leaving the White House on Thursday, Trump kept the global suspense going. "It's in the interests of not only our two countries, it's in the interests of the whole world".

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been badly strained since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions toward Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea following the toppling of a pro-Russian leader in Kiev. I was thinking about it, but we haven't. "I would love for this table - not Meghan included because she's different - to give him credit on something".

While numerous officials acknowledge that it would be good to stand firm against Russian Federation, most say Trump isn't capable of it. Ukraine isn't a member of the US -led military alliance.

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