President Donald Trump cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, injecting fresh drama into what already promised to be a tense gathering of world leaders.
If it goes ahead as scheduled, it will be the first such sit-down between the two men since they met for more than two hours in Finland in July with only their translators present.
NATO, which has condemned Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian ships, said that alliance's ships routinely patrol and conduct exercises in the Black Sea, that allies engage in regular air policing and reconnaissance flights there, and that the alliance has stepped up its activities since Moscow annexed Crimea.
"I think he is afraid", the former diplomat added.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting was on and that Russian Federation has not received "any other information from our U.S. counterparts".
Other world leaders quickly issued statements condemning the clash and urging a de-escalation.
There have been widespread calls for Russian Federation to immediately release 24 Ukrainian sailors it captured, and some European leaders have called for fresh sanctions against Russian Federation.
Poroshenko's comments were published Thursday in the German newspaper Bild.
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Ukraine and Russian Federation have both blamed the other for the incident, with Kiev declaring martial law and warning they fear a ground invasion.
Crimea hosts three battalions of the anti-aircraft missile systems with a range of up to 250 miles (400km), allowing Russian Federation to control swathes of the skies above the Black Sea.
On Wednesday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer slammed Beijing for failing to offer "meaningful reform" on aggressive trade policies, and threatened tariffs on Chinese autos. First, it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov. He will also be tiptoeing through political landmines, and avoiding a lot of curious (and perhaps gloating) foreign leaders who will doubtlessly be wondering how long he can last in office.
Russian Federation was also working on a new technical system to allow it to better track shipping around the peninsula in order to protect its maritime borders, Interfax said.
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"This is a deliberate provocation". President Trump's response Thursday was that "even if he [Cohen] was right, it doesn't matter because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign". "We have no official information".
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that the bloc "expects Russian Federation to ensure unhindered and free passage through the Kerch Strait to and from the Azov Sea, in accordance with worldwide law".
The Kremlin also scoffed at an appeal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to reinforce the Azov Sea with naval ships, saying this was yet another provocation by Kiev created to further escalate the situation. Darya Tarasova reported from Moscow, Laura Smith-Spark reported from London and Radina Gigova reported from Atlanta.
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