Putin Defiant On Ukraine Crisis Despite Trump Summit Talks Threat

Putin Defiant On Ukraine Crisis Despite Trump Summit Talks Threat

Putin Defiant On Ukraine Crisis Despite Trump Summit Talks Threat

Trump said on November 27 that he might cancel the meeting after the Russian navy's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels off the coast of Crimea and detention of Ukrainian crew members.

"It was organized by the president [Poroshenko] ahead of the elections" scheduled for March, he said, adding that Poroshenko is "is in fifth place, ratings-wise, and therefore had to do something".

For Russia, on the other hand, the Kerch Strait and the bridge that was hastily constructed over it after the annexation represent the only physical link between Russia and Crimea.

The weekend confrontation at sea between Russian Federation and Ukraine is now turning into a full on diplomatic war of words.

"It was obviously a flagrant violation of worldwide law", he said of the seizure Sunday of two Ukrainian gunboats and a tugboat and the 24 personnel aboard in the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea.

"It was said that Trump is planning a range of meetings, including with Putin", Peskov said.

Ukraine introduced martial law in parts of the country after the seizure of its ships saying it feared a possible Russian invasion. That is why Poroshenko claims that his country is threatened with a "total war" with Moscow.

"Don't believe Putin's lies", he told Bild, Germany's biggest-selling paper, comparing Russia's protestations of innocence in the affair to Moscow's 2014 denial that it had soldiers in Crimea even as they moved to annex it.

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It has raised fears of a wider escalation - in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 - and prompted global calls for restraint.

The United States also wants its European allies to consider further sanctions against Russian Federation over the situation in Ukraine, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations said on Wednesday.

A division of S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missiles will be sent to Crimea for "combat duty", the state-backed Tass news agency reported Wednesday, citing information provided by the Southern Military District's press service. This message reads: "Please leave Ukraine, Mr. Putin". This marked a new phase in an emerging third-maritime-front between Ukraine and Russian Federation, one likely to keep Europe busy for years to come. The new missile deployment to Crimea would allow Russian Federation to increase its air defence coverage area.

The 24 captured Ukrainian sailors have now been given two months in pre-trial detention by a court in Crimea.

The strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov has significant political, military and economic importance for Ukraine.

"We should ask all our friends and partners to put more pressure on Russian Federation and to put more sanctions, simply to fundamentally increase the price of this action", he said.

Ukraine says its ships did nothing wrong and have every right to use the strait, the only gateway to the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea, without Russian permission.

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