On Thursday, the United States President Donald Trump has discarded a scheduled meeting at the G20 Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the detention of Ukrainian sailors group in Moscow.
President Trump wrote on Twitter, “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.”
He continued that “I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” added shortly after taking off for the weekend summit in Buenos Aires.
President Trump made the announcement shortly after he had told the reporters as he left the White House that the G20 Summit would be “very good time” and place to meet with Russian counterpart.
He also said that “I probably will be meeting with President Putin. We haven’t terminated that meeting. I was thinking about it, but we haven’t. I think it’s a very good time to have the meeting.”
Sarah Sanders, Press Secretary of White House, told source shortly after takeoff President Trump had conferred in person with the Staff Chief John Kelly and US Secretary Pompeo abroad Presidential place Air Force One and by phone with National Security Advisor Bolton, who is presently in Brazil – before cancelling the scheduled meet.
Sanders said that “It’s just happened in the last half hour.”
When asked how Russian President Putin was informed about the cancelation, Sanders said that she was “not aware” of a phone call between the two countries President.
“There was some back and forth” through other channels, added Sanders without elaborating.