Vladimir Putin Blames Ukraine's Government for Standoff in Crimea

Vladimir Putin Blames Ukraine's Government for Standoff in Crimea

Vladimir Putin Blames Ukraine's Government for Standoff in Crimea

He spoke after Russian forces seized 3 of Kiev's ships off the coast of Crimea on Sunday, November 25, and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors.

The Kremlin said Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned despite a suggestion from Trump that it could be cancelled. "Maybe I won't even have the meeting", he said.

Putin on Wednesday broke his silence on the maritime clash, blaming it on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's desire to get re-elected.

The Kremlin called the introduction of martial law a "reckless" act that "potentially could lead to the threat of an escalation of tension in the conflict region in the southeast" of Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine traded blame after Russian border guards on Sunday opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels and eventually seized them and their crews.

National Security adviser John Bolton said Mr. Trump will also be meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Poroshenko said that Russia's actions threatened to lead to a "full-scale war" and accused Moscow of mounting a major buildup of forces near Ukraine.

"When he came out [of that meeting], he was just completely reciting Putin's talking points, like he'd been hypnotized", the lawmaker said.

Russian Federation has accused Ukraine of trying to create an incident to help persuade the USA and Europe to add more sanctions on top of the penalties imposed after Russian Federation illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia's military already has three of the S-400 "Triumf" missile divisions on the Black Sea peninsula; it will have another in place and operational by the year's end, said Col. Vadim Astafyev of Russia's Southern Military District, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

Kyiv has moved to declare martial law, which Putin dismissed as an attempt to influence popular sentiment in Ukraine ahead of the country's elections in March 2019.

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.

He said leaders of the two countries have agreed on another option. "I don't want that aggression at all", he said.

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

This week, a court in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, ordered the other 15 Ukrainian sailors to be detained for two months pending a possible trial. It makes the Ukrainian leadership complacent, gives them no incentive to do normal political work in their country or pursue a normal economic policy. Russia is treating the seamen as individuals who violated the Russian border, an offense that carries up to six years in prison.

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