By Michael Hernandez
WASHINGTON (AA) – U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with his Russian counterpart Friday on the margins of the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina, citing ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
“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, ” Trump said on Twitter.
Still, Trump held out hope for a future bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin, saying he looks “forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved! ”
On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 23 crew members off the Crimea Peninsula, accusing Kiev of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.