U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the meeting of the presidents of the United States Donald trump and the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin could take place only after the return of Russia captured Ukrainian sailors and ships.
He said this in an interview with CNN on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
According to Pompeo, trump decided that “the right to say to Russians: return sailors return, the Ukrainian equipment, they, the people must return to their families”.
“U.S. Secretary of state said that Russia should return to Ukrainian ships and military personnel before the administration will consider the holding of the postponed meeting, trump and Putin,” CNN reports.
At the same time, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that the U.S. officials made contact with the Kremlin administration after the failed meeting between Putin and trump, reports TASS.
According to Ushakov, it was decided to continue the working dialogue, including with the assistant to the President for national security John Bolton.
In clarifying the question of who initiated such contacts, Ushakov said, “the Americans”.
While the who found it difficult to assume, when it may again go about meeting leaders.
25 November in the area of the Kerch Strait, the Russian border guards fired at the Ukrainian military vessels, and captured two small armored artillery boat “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and RAID tug “Yana Kapu”, with 24 sailors, 3 of which were injured.
The detained Ukrainian sailors were taken to the Crimea occupied by Russia and has been arrested on suspicion of “violation of Russian borders”.