Putin blames Ukraine for standoff as Russian Federation boosts defenses in Crimea

Putin blames Ukraine for standoff as Russian Federation boosts defenses in Crimea

Ushakov, Putin's aide, said that the naval encounter between Russian Federation and Ukraine likely will be on the agenda of the planned meeting, which will start with the two presidents meeting privately before being joined by senior officials.

United States President Donald Trump has said he may cancel a long-awaited summit with Mr Putin at the G-20 this week as a result of the confrontation. Trump said, however, that he was still awaiting a "full report" from his national security team about the incident.

"Preparations are continuing. The meeting has been agreed". The meeting is agreed.

"I think we are at a crossroads", Xi said.

The meeting was thrown into doubt on Tuesday.

"I have taken note of the criticism but nothing has changed in the basic view of the economic project which is what NordStream is", said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Poroshenko said on November 26 that martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine's defenses after Russian Federation seized the Ukrainian ships and took their crew prisoner.

It came at the end of a day when Ukraine and Russian Federation traded accusations about Sunday's standoff and Kiev's allies weighed in to condemn Moscow's behavior.

Mr Klimkin, however, dismissed the allegations as more Russian disinformation as the martial law act only lasts for 30 days and the election period of campaigning does not start until January, so there is no overlap.

The White House on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) warned Xi against trying to wait out Trump in the ongoing talks, suggesting the Chinese economy was not as resilient to a trade war as would be the U.S. economy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian vessels "a unsafe escalation and a violation of global law" and called for restraint from both countries.

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A column of what appeared to be anti-ship missile systems was spotted on a highway headed toward the Crimean city of Kerch on Tuesday, the Russian state-funded television network RT reported.

It said the vessels had ignored calls to stop, sparking military action.

He warned on Tuesday that Ukraine risked "full-scale war" with Russian Federation and the country's armed forces have been put in a state of full combat readiness. In essence, Russian Federation has blocked the Ukrainian ports on the Sea of Azov.

Several senior European politicians on Tuesday raised the possibility of new sanctions against Russian Federation to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite a wider conflict.

Ukraine contends that its vessels followed worldwide maritime rules.

The European Union was "dismayed" by Russia's use of force against Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, calling the incident "unacceptable".

Two dozen Ukrainian sailors are being held in detention. Three of the sailors were wounded but were not in serious condition.

He insisted that Russia's military response was appropriate as the Ukrainians had "trespassed" into Russia's territorial waters.

The two Ukrainian artillery boats and a tugboat were heading from Odesa on the Black Sea to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.

"We will all fight against the Russian aggression".

Ukrainian media has denounced the confessions, saying they were most probably coerced.

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