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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. "I replied to his questions about the incident in the Black Sea", Putin told reporters at the end of the summit.

The Ukrainian issue was the official reason that Trump cancelled his meeting with Putin, calling what's happening there "very bad".

He said Trump probably fears that if he meets with Putin, his domestic rivals "will call him a Russian agent".

The two leaders planned to hold a full-fledged meeting in Buenos Aires at the G20 summit, but on the eve of the event Trump announced its cancellation via Twitter over the recent incident with Ukraine's vessels in the Kerch Strait.

He repeatedly voiced a belief that Trump sincerely wants to improve ties with Russian Federation but has been prevented from doing so by his political foes.

As the story developed, Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted the Ukrainian conflict will go on as long as "a party of war" stays in power in Kiev.

Sputnik discussed Putin-Merkel's meeting and the G20 summit in general with Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos - Senior Lecturer in European Politics in the University of Surrey. The Kremlin denies violating the pact.

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So far, China's actions in this regard have been fully recognized by the global community including the United States. Trump told Xi at the start of the meeting he hoped they would achieve "something great" on trade for both countries.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the sidelines of the global summit, Pompeo said Trump scrapped the anticipated meeting "because the Russians behaved in a way that is deeply inconsistent with worldwide law".

It was also reported that The Trump Organisation was seeking a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the time he was running for president and offered Putin a $50 million penthouse apartment.

Ukraine has called for a stronger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the Black Sea region and for further Western sanctions against Russian Federation.

More anti-Russian sanctions followed and relations soured further.

Poroshenko says "we need a strong, unified, unambiguous reaction to Russia's aggressive behaviour". "If we speak about global forums, this may happen at the G20 summit in June".

He said that when the incident happened, he instructed his office to set up a call with the Kremlin leader to say "we are ready for this negotiation to de-escalate. and unfortunately, until now, Putin did not answer my request for a direct phone conversation".