Trump and Putin were supposed to meet in Argentina on the sidelines of the G20 summit, which gathers leaders from the world's 20 largest economies. Ukraine has called for a stronger North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the Black Sea region and for further Western sanctions against Russian Federation.
But on the G20 margins, Trump scored one victory for his "America First" agenda with the signing of a successor to the North American free trade pact Nafta, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Trump cancelled their meet over the escalating tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine. "We are all very much hoping that there will be de-escalation and a release of those prisoners".
Ukrainian officials have denied that the vessels were in Russian waters and say they had the right to sail through the Kerch Strait. "So I'll meet with him at the appropriate time".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to hold further talks about events in the Kerch Strait at the advisor level between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, her spokesman said. Several Ukrainian naval personnel were injured in the incident and more than 20 continue to be held captive by Russian Federation.More news: England's Euro 2020 qualifying group has been announced
But US critics of the president linked the cancellation to new revelations emerging in an investigation into Trump's links to Russian Federation including his past business dealings.
"In the waters of the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Aegean Sea, more than 80 ships and 8 submarines are on patrol - including 23 combat vessels and 6 submarines", he declared. He said he would wait for the results of a report from his national security team before deciding. Russian Federation and the United States were ready to continue contact, he said.
Already the president had been forced to bypass a sit-down with Mohammed bin Salman, whom Trump has defended despite the CIA's own conclusion that the Saudi crown prince ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"No", Putin said in response to a question about whether he talked to May at the summit, adding that they "have seen each other, of course". With so many cooks tending the broth and no real leadership, consensus on trade, capital rules and other issues generally eludes the G-20 leaders. But when gathering for the traditional "family photo", Trump walked past the Russian president without stopping.
"If the domestic situation and the pressure from Russophobes like Ukraine and its sponsors prevent the USA president from developing normal ties with the Russian president. we will wait for another chance", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding "love can't be forced".