US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that President Donald Trump will not meet Russian President Vladimir Putin “in the foreseeable future” due to Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian ships and their crews from the Kerch Strait.
“I don’t see circumstances in the foreseeable future where such a meeting could take place until he ships and crews are released,” Bolton told reporters following remarks at the Heritage Foundation Thursday morning.
In late November, Trump abruptly canceled his planned meeting with Putin the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, citing Russia’s maritime clash with Ukraine in waters off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula.
Trump put the blame of cancellation on Russia’s refusal to release Ukrainian Navy ships and sailors captured during a maritime confrontation between the two countries.
“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have…