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US President Donald Trump has abruptly canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this weekend’s Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, citing Russia’s maritime clash with Ukraine.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday, about an hour after he told reporters the meeting would “probably” go ahead as planned.

He 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 on Sunday.

“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin,” Trump tweeted while flying to the summit.

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