The meeting at the Park Hyatt hotel in Buenos Aires is expected to begin at. 9:30 ET and lasts for…
The meeting at the Park Hyatt hotel in Buenos Aires is expected to begin at. 9:30 ET and lasts for over two hours, said RIA Novosti Thursday.
The two leaders are expected to discuss several bilateral issues, including “way of normalizing” relations between the two countries, Ushakov said.
The meeting has not yet been officially confirmed by the White House. But Trump had suggested in an interview Tuesday that he could cancel his meeting with the Russian leader due to the outcome of a “full report” on the maritime conflict between Russia and Ukraine last weekend.
If it goes as planned, it will be the first cut between the two men since they met for more than two hours in Finland in July with only their translators present.
The highly maligned meeting saw Trump neglecting the US intelligence community’s conclusions of Russian involvement in the 201
6 US election in favor of reinforcing Putin’s denial.
National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters on Tuesday that Trump would discuss security, weapons control and regional issues with Putin if both leaders met. “I think it will continue its discussion in Helsinki,” he said.
Bolton did not confirm whether the situation in Ukraine should be on the table.
Trump waited more than 24 hours after Russian ships were fired and then seized three Ukrainian ships on Sunday before commenting on the conflict. In response to journalists’ questions, the president said he was not “happy at all” when he showed that he could look wrong on both sides and said, “We do not like what’s happening in any way.”
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The November 25 confrontation was terminated with three Ukrainian ships in Russian custody and 24 Ukrainian sailors in detention. Kiev and Moscow have offered contradictory statements of what happened, each accusing the other of breaking the laws of the sea.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has introduced warfare in selected provinces for 30 days, with escalating tensions.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Poroshenko said he hoped for shipping support from NATO.
“Germany is one of our closest allies, and we hope that states within NATO are now willing to distribute shipping to the Azores to support Ukraine and to ensure security,” said Bild to him. 19659002] “We can not accept Russia’s aggressive policy. Firstly, it was the Crimea, then Eastern Ukraine, now he wants Azovas. Germany must also wonder: What will Putin do when we do not stop him?”  Ukraine is not a NATO member, but on Tuesday, the Alliance denounced the use of violence by Russia and said it “stands with Ukraine”.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova suggested Wednesday that some Western countries may have participated in the planning of the event in the Kerch Strait.
“This is a deliberate provocation. I do not doubt that any of our Western partners knew it or even participated in the planning. That’s why this is not by accident,” said Zakharova Russia’s Channel One, according to news agency TASS. “The assessments we hear and the information campaign going on right now, just prove it,” she said.
In the past, Putin said that there were “clear signs of provocation in advance” of Kiev “as a pretext for introducing wars in the country” for domestic political purposes.
On Wednesday, the European Union expressed its “extreme concern about the dangerous rise of tensions” in the Kerch and the Azores, calling for “the extreme decline to escalate the situation immediately” as well as the rapid release of the seized Ukrainian ships and crew.
CNN’s Nicole Gaouette, Nathan Hodge and Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report.