The meeting of the presidents of the USA and Russia Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin won’t take place until Moscow returns the ships detained in the Kerch Strait and their crew to Ukraine.
This was started on Thursday by the White House National Security Advisor John Bolton. “I don’t see such the events in the nearest future for this meeting to take place, until the ships and their crew are released,” – Bolton declared.
Russia, let us recall, retains two Ukrainian gun boats and the tug and their crews – 24 persons in total – are arrested.
The Naval Forces of Ukraine claim they have sent a request to pass under the bridge in accordance with the established procedure to frontier guards, but received no answer.
According to the Russian version, the ships crossed the border of the territorial waters and ignored the attempts to contact them. Actions of the frontier guards who rammed the tug and fired at boats and injured three people, were justified, said Putin on November 28.
“The naval vessels invaded the territorial waters of Russia and did not respond. It was not clear what they were going to do. How were they supposed to act? If they had acted in a different way, it would be correct to bring them before the court. They fulfilled their military duty, the order, and they performed their legal functions”, – the Russian president noted.
Due to the incident in Kerch Strait, Trump cancelled negotiations with Putin at G20 summit in Buenos Aires, which were to take place on December 1.
The decision made on the day of departure to Argentina was an absolute surprise for Moscow and became the third refusal to meet Putin since the beginning of the year.
So, after the Helsinki summit in July, Trump said that he was inviting Putin to visit the US, which was accepted by the President of Russia “with pleasure”.
A week later, on July 25, the White House withdrew the invitation, explaining it with the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.
On October 23, during Bolton’s visit to Moscow, Putin asked for a meeting in connection with the decision of Washington to exit the Agreement on medium-range and short-range missiles.
The talks were to take place in Paris, on November 11, at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. A week before it – on November 6 – Trump said that he cancels the meeting.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “the schedule of the event did not allow” to hold the negotiations.