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Trump 'may cancel Putin talks' over Ukraine-Russia sea clash

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Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia in international waters on November 25

Moscow's announcement about new missiles follows its seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews on Sunday over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, something Ukraine denies.

U.S. President Donald Trump, facing mounting pressure for a response that some critics called slow and inadequate, said on November 27 that he might cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, tentatively planned to take place on the sidelines at the upcoming G20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week.

He said: "I think it reflects Washington's tendency to indulge any and all action taken by the Kiev regime, even inciting them to provocative actions".

Mr Trump is also set meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping over dinner this weekend, in what may be a pivotal session in determining if and how the ongoing trade dispute between their two countries could be resolved.

The Kremlin has warned that Ukraine's declaration of martial law in areas that border Russian Federation could re-ignite the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Russia accused the sailors, who were manning three Ukrainian navy ships, of illegally entering Russian waters and ignoring warnings from Russian border guards, charges Ukraine has denied.

President Proeshenko has claimed Russia's military activity and tank deployments have "dramatically increased" along Ukraine's borders.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, noted that the meeting, which is set for Saturday, has been prepared through official channels and Moscow expects Washington to notify it of any changes in the same way. "What the Kremlin wants is to restore the control of the ex Soviet geopolitical territory", says Parubiy continuing,"Ukraine and the Azov sea - that's just another step for them.That is why our soldiers on the front line are protecting not only Ukraine, but the whole free world".

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Amid speculation that Poroshenko would use martial law as a pretext to postpone a spring 2019 election in which polls show he faces an uphill battle to win a second term, the parliament speaker signed a resolution setting the date for March 31.

Earlier Wednesday, the Russian military announced it would be boosting the defenses of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles in the wake of the standoff.

The two leaders are expected to address the mounting tensions between the Kremlin and Ukraine.

"Perhaps we can break through in Buenos Aires or not", he said.

A court in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, on Tuesday ordered the other 15 Ukrainian sailors to be detained for two months pending a possible trial.

He said the decision would depend on his reading of a full report on the situation he was due to receive late Tuesday, and added, "I don't like that aggression". All could be sentenced to six years in prison if convicted on border-violation charges.

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