Ukraine-Russia sea clash staged, says Putin

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The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine burst into the open on Sunday, when Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized the ships and the crew.

President Donald Trump is suggesting he may cancel his planned sit-down this weekend with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships Sunday.

The seizure of the ships and the arrest of 24 crew members caused global outcry and condemnation of Moscow's moves, including from US President Donald Trump who suggested that he might cancel his planned meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin over the aggression.

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but he told The Washington Post that it would depend on the results of a report about the incident being prepared by his national security advisers.

The Kremlin said it expected the meeting to take place and played down the threat, with Putin's foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov saying: "The meeting is equally needed by both sides".

While it's not yet clear if the proposals will gain enough traction and support, several European lawmakers started calling on November 27 and 28 for stronger economic sanctions on Russian Federation in response to what they called "overt" aggression against Ukraine.

The Ukrainian ships did not respond to the legitimate demands coming from the vessels of the Border Service of the Russian Security Service (FSB) and the Black Sea Fleet that had pursued them in order to stop them immediately and thwart their unsafe maneuvers. The same court ordered the other 15 sailors on Tuesday to be detained for two months pending a possible trial.

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

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Kiev has demanded the release of the sailors and urged Western allies to impose further sanctions on Moscow.

"We are not going to move very quickly on any new sanctions, there could be some later on, that is not ruled out".

"The occupation and subsequent militarisation of Crimea led to the expansion of the area of use of Russian warships and military aircraft in the Black Sea and far beyond, even the Mediterranean basin", he said. That fighting has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat with a 2015 truce.

"Angela, let's get involved Angela!" he added, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, exaggerating the pronunciation of her first name.

Because they have a system I guess.

Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday's confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russian Federation.

A column of what appeared to be anti-ship missile systems was spotted on a highway headed toward the Crimean city of Kerch on Tuesday, the Russian state-funded television network RT reported. "You know they're paying 1 percent, and they're supposed to be paying much more than 1 percent".

Ukrainian media has denounced the confessions, saying they were most probably coerced.

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