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23:05  12 june  2019
23:05  12 june  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Trump to Meet with Putin at G-20, Striking a Blow to Ukraine© SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed he plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Japan later this month, relinquishing what key allies hoped would remain a principal tool in Washington's efforts to exert influence over Moscow.

"I'll be meeting with Putin at the G-20," Trump said, taking questions from reporters in the Oval Office during a visit with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Trump added he would also meet with Chinese President Xi Jingping at the summit, to take place June 28 and 29 in Osaka, Japan.

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Trump in November canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the last G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, apparently in retaliation for Russia's detaining 24 Ukrainian seamen in the Kerch Strait crisis that began days before. Though he would meet with Putin informally on the sidelines of that summit, Ukrainian officials hoped Trump's hard line against formal meetings with the Russian leader would emphasize its support for Ukraine and serve as a deterrent to further aggression.

Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president at the time of the sailors' detention, was outspoken about the importance of Trump's support in demanding the release of the sailors. His untested successor, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose position on relations with Russia remains unclear, has taken a more measured approach, saying Moscow would signal "real readiness to stop the conflict with Ukraine" if it abided by a U.N. court ruling in May that Russia must release the sailors.

Putin says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster

Putin says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster and said even Washington's allies did not support such a course of action. Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin also said that Russian technical specialists remained in Venezuela in order to service Russian military hardware, something he said they were contractually obliged to do. However, he said Moscow was not setting up any special military bases in Venezuela, a close Russian ally.

Trump, whose presidential campaign has been the subject of several wide-ranging probes into potential ties to Moscow, has been criticized by some for not taking a firmer stand against Russian aggression.

White House officials regularly tout recent defense budgets that reflect greater investments in the U.S. military – something they consider anathema to Russian interests. However, Trump's proposed budget for the next fiscal year released in March included drastic cuts to a key fund known as the European Reassurance Initiative, which his predecessor first put in place to prop up European allies against Russian aggression. Congress will likely offset those cuts in budget negotiations, but the executive branch ultimately decides where and how to deploy military assets. The Trump administration, for example, has been sluggish to follow through on congressional support for providing lethal military equipment to Ukraine.

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The decision to meet with Putin also comes after Trump claimed last week that Russia had withdrawn troops from Venezuela, where it had deployed military advisers and tons of cargo in March to support the embattled regime of its ally Nicolas Maduro. Moscow has denied the move, and Trump on Wednesday declined to answer a question about the discrepancy.

He was also asked whether he would have staff in the room during his upcoming meeting with Putin, since their last discussion took place without aides or notetakers – an unusual step for a meeting of such consequence.

"It's probably easier, because you people are so untrusting," Trump told reporters.

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