"It was, without doubt, a provocation", he said. Russian Federation says the ships illegally entered its territorial... Putin said when asked about the incident at an global investment forum in Moscow.
On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukraine gunboats and 1 tugboat sailing toward the Kerch Strait, the only entrance to the Sea of Azov, after failing to respond to lawful demands to stop, according to the Federal Security Service (FSB). "They would do the same in your country".
The administration of then President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Both Ukraine and Russian Federation have offered conflicting accounts of what happened but Kiev has previously accused Moscow of blockading the Sea of Azov, which is shared by the two countries.
Erdogan has held phone talks with leaders on both sides, and said he would continue discussing the issue with Putin and Trump at a G-20 summit.
Mr Trump had been reluctant to condemn Russia's latest aggression in Ukraine, and shortly before heading to Buenos Aires he said he would meet the Russian president.
He said Trump "gets along" with Putin, as he does with the leaders of a number of the G20 countries.
The prospect of NATO warships heading to the Sea of Azov, which is separated from the Black Sea by the Kerch Strait, seems unlikely-it's shallow, access to it is controlled by Russian Federation, and the Kremlin would likely view any attempt by the Atlantic alliance to deploy there as a hostile act.
Kiev has demanded the return of its ships and the release of 24 sailors taken prisoner during the confrontation.
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Trump's Friday schedule also includes an informal meeting with the prime minister of Australia.
Ukraine's foreign ministry sent Moscow a diplomatic note in protest at the "illegal" detentions.
Differences over Ukraine, as well as Moscow's role in the civil war in Syria, have been an irritant in U.S.
Moscow later backed pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in a conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.
The Kremlin has steadily poured new military hardware into Crimea since it annexed it from Ukraine in 2014, turning the peninsula into what state-backed media have called a fortress.
One more of the systems would be joining three others already deployed in Crimea, they said.
It was unclear how it would be applied in the border areas and Poroshenko has suggested it is meant essentially as a preventative measure. The Europeans will be there again, Britain's Theresa May included.
However, former United States diplomat and foreign policy adviser to Senate Republican leaders, Jim Jatras, said that Kerch strait was simply the pretext for Trump's decision.
Inflation is high, economic growth is sluggish, the peso has plummeted and the country has had to rely on a $57bn loan from the deeply unpopular International Monetary Fund to try to get itself out of the crisis.