Putin Defiant On Ukraine Crisis Despite Trump Summit Talks Threat

Turkish US presidents discuss ties Azov Sea crisis

"Maybe I won't even have the meeting", he said. The rest of the group was due in court on Wednesday.

The leaders of Western countries are not moving fast in taking action to respond to Russia's latest acts of aggression against Ukraine, in the wake of the November 25 attacks on boats belonging to the Ukrainian navy on the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait that connects to the Azov Sea.

They are accused of illegal crossing of Russia's maritime border, said Azamatov.

In Ukraine, Poroshenko warned that the clash at sea could herald more drastic developments in the simmering Ukraine-Russia military standoff.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday the Trump is receiving "regular briefings on the Russia/Ukraine situation from his national security team".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday held phone conversations with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts over the recent tension between the countries in the Black Sea, according to Turkish presidential sources.

Putin said Kiev's actions were "clearly taken in view of the election campaign in Ukraine".

Putin voiced concern about the decision to impose martial law and told German Chancellor Angela Merkel he hoped Berlin could influence Ukraine to avoid any "reckless acts".

The sea is home to major ports of both Russia and Ukraine, and can be reached only through the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait near where Sunday's incident took place.

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Russia said on Wednesday it would send more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea and a Reuters reporter saw a Russian warship deploying nearby as tensions with Ukraine rose over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian navy ships.

Poroshenko said it was necessary because of intelligence about "a highly serious threat of a ground operation against Ukraine". The same court ordered the other 15 sailors on Tuesday to be detained for two months pending a possible trial.

Britain, Canada, France, Germany and others expressed support for Kiev on Monday, with EU President Donald Tusk calling for Russian Federation to return the Ukrainian sailors and ships and "refrain from further provocations".

"We repeated a categorical demand to the Russian side to immediately release the captured citizens of Ukraine from custody and ensure their safe return to their homeland", the statement said.

Later on the show, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Trump should cancel the meeting, but if it does happen, Trump must be careful not to appear as Putin's "friend".

One more of the systems would be joining three others already deployed in Crimea, they said. "This can be the best guarantee for the security of this area from Russian aggression", says Parubiy.

Volker said he has not received independent USA verification of Ukraine's information, but believed "the data the Ukrainians have provided is quite clear".

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, used stronger language, calling on Washington to stop encouraging "provocative" moves by Ukraine and instead mediate between Kiev and Moscow-backed rebels who claimed control of parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014.

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