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G20 summit: Trump’s cancellation of meeting with Putin may hamper bilateral ties

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Moscow, Nov 29 (UNI) Russian-US relations may suffer due to the decision of US President Donald Trump to call off the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit, Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of the Russian upper house International Affairs Committee, told Sputnik.
The meeting was scheduled on Saturday in Argentina.
Trump wrote in his Twitter earlier in the day that he had decided to cancel the meeting with Putin after reading the report on the incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Ukrainian Navy ships were detained by Russian border guards for illegally crossing the Russian border.
“This, of course, will not improve our bilateral relations. At the meeting between Putin and Trump, such important issues including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) should have been discussed. Now this will not happen,” Klimov said.
The US president has been forced by opposition to cancel the meeting with the Russian leader, the lawmaker underlined.
“Mr Trump is afraid of his domestic opposition, which is clearly Russophobic in nature. The situation in the Kerch Strait is just an excuse-he does not know what to do with this Russophobic opposition, and feels that it is stronger than him,” Klimov added.

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