Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as European Union leaders up pressure


Russian President Vladimir Putin told his American colleague Donald Trump about the incident with the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait.

But ahead of the summit's official start Mr Trump signed a trade deal with the Mexican and Canadian leaders.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Saturday that the two spoke at a cultural dinner for leaders and their wives and husbands at the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires Friday night.

Russia is resisting global calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols fired upon and seized in the strait near Russian-annexed Crimea last weekend.

Trudeau says he raised his concerns during the G20 Summit about Russia's actions that resulted in the seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels near Crimea.

Russian Federation is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine's president said Saturday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russian Federation not to block Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. She added this is enshrined in a 2003 treaty and Russian Federation must stick to that.

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Poroshenko told France 24 in an interview that Ukraine would try to resolve the standoff diplomatically but insisted Russian forces withdraw from Crimea and return its ships and sailors "captured illegally in the neutral waters of the Black Sea".

Kiev's pleas for help had also apparently fallen on deaf ears as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation provided a tight-lipped response, with the spokeswoman Oana Lungescu saying the bloc already has a sizeable naval presence in the Black Sea.

The November 25 incident was the first direct military confrontation between the two countries since Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014. Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russian Federation has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of global law.

"In the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Aegean Sea, more than 80 ships and 8 submarines are on patrol - including 23 combat vessels and 6 submarines", he declared.

Border guards' spokesman Andrei Demchenko has told Ukrainian television Saturday that "the vast majority of (them) couldn't confirm the goal of their trip to Ukraine".