Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressure

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"We had a brief talk with Trump; I answered his questions about the Black Sea incident".

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina", Trump tweeted Thursday on Air Force One on his way to Buenos Aires.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko kept up the pressure from Kiev, saying Putin had refused to take his calls since the crisis started.

Merkel used the breakfast with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit to voice her "concern" over the tensions in the Kerch Strait off Russian-annexed Crimea.

"The ship's logs of the detained Ukrainian ships contain the task to penetrate the territorial waters of Russian Federation, and this is confirmed by the sailors' testimony".

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Her main focus, however, was on the situation in Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. There is a basic contractual agreement from 2003 on this.

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Trump's administration has accused Russian Federation of non-compliance with the 31-year-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and has said it will pull out of the deal as a result.

Putin said at the summit that there's been no discussion with Ukraine about releasing the sailors or the ships.

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The naval clash came as the Ukrainian ships sailed to the Kerch Strait, the only waterway leading into the Sea of Azov and the site of a new key Russian bridge linking occupied Crimea with the Russian mainland.

"The current Ukrainian authorities have no interest in resolving the conflict, especially by peaceful means", he said.

The November 25 incident was the first direct military confrontation between the two countries since Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014.

Merkel said Germany had suggested a meeting of the Normandy group to discuss the crisis.

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