May 10, 2021

The Kremlin lacks confirmation on the cancellation of the Putin-Trump meeting

The Kremlin lacks confirmation on the cancellation of the Putin-Trump meeting

The Kremlin reported today that it lacks official confirmation on the cancellation of the meeting scheduled for December 1 in Buenos Aires between the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the United States, Donald Trump.

"We flew to Argentina, for now we have only seen the tweet and the media, we have no official information," presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov told the Interfax news agency.

Peskov added that, should it be confirmed, "the president will have two additional hours in the program to hold useful meetings on the margins of the summit" of the G20.

Trump announced on his Twitter account the cancellation of the meeting in response to the seizures of Ukrainian Navy vessels by Russian coastguards on Sunday in the Black Sea and that led to Kiev to declare a state of emergency.

"Since the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine by Russia, I have decided that the best thing for all parties is to cancel the planned meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin," Trump wrote from the presidential plane where He goes to Buenos Aires.

The Kremlin reported on Wednesday that the meeting would be held on December 1 after Putin met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We are sure that the presidents will deal with the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear program, the Korean crisis and it is not excluded that they will also talk about the latest events (between Russia and Ukraine) in the Kerch Strait area," said Yuri Ushakov, presidential advisor, to the local press.

This is the second scheduled meeting between the two leaders that has been canceled in recent weeks, since at the beginning of November in Paris the meeting was also canceled at the request of the French Government, which did not want to overshadow the anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Putin expressed on Thursday in the framework of an economic forum his willingness to meet with Trump, whose attitude towards Russia described as "positive".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called not to expect major advances at the meeting and accused the US political elite of torpedoing Trump's attempts to normalize relations with the Kremlin.


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