White House: No Trump-Putin 'Pull-Aside' Scheduled

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Earlier today there had been suspicions Mr Trump threatened to cancel his meeting with Mr Putin because of developments in the special counsel's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Last week Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors following a clash in the Kerch Strait.

The discussion came after US President Mr Trump scrapped a scheduled meeting with Mr Putin due to Russia's confrontation with Ukrainian ships. She added this is enshrined in a 2003 treaty and Russian Federation must stick to that.

These numbers, which have not been verified, would account for the vast majority of men and hardware assigned to Russia's Western Military District.

President Petro Poroshenko says Russian Federation has deployed a large number of troops along its border with Ukraine. Russian Federation and the United States were ready to continue contact, he said.

Putin said that Ukrainian Navy boats had illegally crossed into Russian waters last week and drew a diagram of the violation.

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"The freedom of shipping traffic in the Sea of Azov. must be ensured".

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany noted that such measures have to be in force until the situation in Ukraine is not resolved. "The Russians behaved in a way that is deeply inconsistent with global law". Russian Federation has already annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

"In the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Aegean Sea, more than 80 ships and 8 submarines are on patrol - including 23 combat vessels and 6 submarines", he declared. Many in Ukraine and overseas have criticized the martial law order, noting that playing up the Russian threat is politically beneficial to Poroshenko, who faces re-election in March.

Earlier, Poroshenko had also called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deploy military vessels to the Crimean coast "in order to back Ukraine and ensure security". "We do understand Ukrainian concerns", Foreign Minister Heiko Maas responded last week, adding, "but what we do not want is militarization of this conflict".

Border guards' spokesman Andrei Demchenko has told Ukrainian television Saturday that "the vast majority of (them) couldn't confirm the goal of their trip to Ukraine".

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