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Trump Follows Through on Putin Threat

Cancels G-20 meeting over Russia's seizure of Ukraine's ships
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2018 12:00 PM CST
In this photo from July 16, 2018, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – President Trump on Thursday followed through on his threat to cancel the meeting with his Russian counterpart that was planned for this week. After Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships, Trump said he would no longer meet Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. "Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia," Trump tweeted, "I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting."

He added, "I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!" Politico notes that just before departing the White House for the summit Trump told reporters he still planned to move forward with the Putin meeting; he tweeted the change of plans from Air Force One while traveling to the summit. (Also Thursday, Trump responded to Michael Cohen's surprise plea deal with Robert Mueller.)

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