MOSCOW, Russia – Through the official Kremlin spokesman, Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented Trump’s decision to cancel the scheduled meeting between the two leaders, making himself still available to be contacted by the US president.
“We regret the decision of the US government to cancel the planned meeting between the two presidents in Buenos Aires. That means that the discussion of international and bilateral issues would be postponed for an uncertain period of time,” Peskov said.
“As for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, he is available to maintain contact with his US counterpart,” added the Kremlin spokesman.
This all comes in the context of a recalcitrant U.S president who refused to blame Russia for the Kerch Strait battle incident.
Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said the United States and Russia should continue dialogue to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which is fundamental to global security.
“We still advocate ongoing consultations aimed at preserving the INF Treaty as one of the pillars of international security,” Antonov said on Thursday during his speech at Princeton University.
Earlier, Donald Trump said he had decided to cancel a scheduled meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina. The US president’s announcement came less than an hour after he said it was a “good time” to meet Putin but would make a decision after receiving a full report on the Kerch Strait incident.
Initially,Trump and Putin were to address a number of issues when they were to meet this weekend in the margins of the G20 summit in Argentina, including arms control and security issues, said the national security adviser of the USA, John Bolton, in the White House.
Asked about the agenda for Trump’s bilateral meeting with Putin of Russia, Bolton said that all issues faced by the United States and Russia would be addressed.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday that Moscow expected the meeting to provide clarification on the US position on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
In October, Trump accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty and announced that Washington intends to abandon the agreement. The Kremlin firmly rejected the allegations, warning that Russia would be forced to take steps to ensure its own security if the United States ended the treaty.
FRN columnist Denis Churilov on social media, also shared his light-hearted comments on the matter:
“President Poroshenko retweeted Trump’s message about cancelling his meeting with Putin over the Kerch incident with a comment “This is how great leaders act!”, written in English, and not in his national language (Ukrainian).
Boot licking level – the president of a puppet state.
Many analysts are saying that the Kerch provocation was not only necessary for Poroshenko to implement the martial law and to postpone the elections domestically, but also to satisfy his masters by creating a negative context for the planned meeting between the two world leaders at G20.
The far-right Ukrainian nationalist are celebrating the success. Indeed, this is such a milestone foreign policy victory for Ukraine. It only took Poroshenko a dozen of Ukrainian sailors detained by a foreign power and 3 military vessels captured without a fight by the Russian border guards to make Trump cancel his scheduled meeting with Putin.
(said in Borat’s voice) Great success!
Seriously, though, Poroshenko, you and your idiotic stunts – this is NOT how great leaders act.”
CNN and other ‘Fake News’ American media outlets criticized the American president for failing to blame Russia for the Kerch Strait battle incident, where Ukrainian naval vessels intentionally violated Russia’s’ maritime border, resulting in the detention of three naval boats and the injury and detention of a handful of sailors.