U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Kremlin: Putin doesn't feel snubbed by Trump canceling talks

December 04, 2018 - 7:50 am

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Donald Trump's refusal to have a full-fledged meeting with President Vladimir Putin hasn't ruffled the Russian leader.

The two leaders had been scheduled to have talks on the sidelines of last week's Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, but Trump abruptly canceled the encounter over the Russian seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said the Russian leader didn't feel insulted, but added that the Kremlin regrets the cancellation in view of numerous issues that require discussion.

He told reporters Tuesday that Putin and Trump spoke informally for about 10-15 minutes during a G-20 dinner, discussing the naval incident and the situation in Ukraine.

Ushakov said it's up to Washington to organize a possible future meeting.

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