Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his meeting with Putin, blaming Russia’s refusal to release Ukrainian navy ships and sailors seized during a maritime clash on Sunday.
But on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested the “US domestic political situation” was the real reason the meeting was spiked, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.
“Was the provocation organized by Kiev in this region the real reason for cancellation?” Zakharova said in a press conference. “Publicly, we heard just such an explanation, we took note of it. Is this a reality? I think that you still need to look for answers in the US domestic political situation.”
REUTERS: Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a brief impromptu meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Argentina, RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.
Trump canceled their meeting via Twitter Thursday.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) November 30, 2018