Kremlin says it expects Putin-Trump meeting to go ahead

President Donald Trump's last sit-down meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Finland in July

According to him, the incident was a provocation by the Ukrainian authorities and, possibly, the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, on the eve of the presidential elections.

Trump said on Tuesday that he might cancel the meeting due to the incident, but the Kremlin said on Wednesday it thought it was still on.

All of the sailors face jail terms of up to six years if found guilty of what Moscow says was a plot to illegally cross the Russian border by trying to pass through the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait on Sunday without notice and ignoring calls to stop.

On Wednesday, he then went on to accuse Ukraine of stirring up anti-Russian sentiment as a way to placate its population, saying that if the Ukrainians wanted to eat babies, then the government would let them do that too.

He said that Ukraine's decision to introduce martial law, in reaction to the clash, was an "exaggerated response".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday it is impossible to seal the S-400 air defense system deal with Turkey in US dollars.

In Ukraine, Poroshenko on Wednesday toured a military training center in the Chernihiv region, which borders Russian Federation and is one of the areas where martial law was imposed.

Kurt Volker, the USA special envoy to Ukraine, told reporters in Berlin that Washington sees no reason to doubt the information from Kiev that its vessels were operating in line with global maritime rules.




The meeting between Trump and Putin is set to be just one of several high-profile foreign-policy engagements for the US leader on the whirlwind two-day visit to Argentina.

"Maybe I won't have the meeting", he said.

He also appealed for the quick release of the captured sailors, who've been given custodial sentences, saying they had clearly been forced to make confessions and should be treated as prisoners of war. The rest are to appear in court on Wednesday, November 28.

The sailors have been put before a court in Simferopol, the main city in Russian-annexed Crimea, and ordered to be held in pre-trial detention for two months.

Austria, which now holds the rotating European Union presidency, has said the bloc will consider further sanctions against the Kremlin at an upcoming meeting.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged European states to do more to support Ukraine and said Washington wants to see tougher enforcement of sanctions against Russian Federation.

"I'm convinced that there was a deliberate provocation by Russian forces in order to provoke Ukraine for more active measures, similar to what they did in Georgia in 2008".

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