The U.S. President Donald Trump would like to meet with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin, however, the returning of Ukrainian vessels and its crews detained near the Kerch Strait is a prerequisite for it. The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed this in the interview to CNN, the text of which was published by the press office of the Department of State.
Pompeo answered the reporter’s question about the reason for canceling a pre-scheduled meeting: ‘I can actually answer that. I was there. He canceled it because the Russians behaved in a way that is deeply inconsistent with international law and is outrageous. To have held the Ukrainians that they took in the strait needs to be changed. The President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behavior unacceptable, and so he canceled the meeting.’
Speaking about the possibility of a new meeting of the leaders of the United States and Russia, Pompeo noted: ‘President’s made clear the conditions for that meeting. We want the sailors returned, we want the ships returned.
The head of the State Department stressed that Trump would like to meet with Vladimir Putin: ‘President has said he wants to meet. He wants to have a conversation with President Putin. There are lots of things that we need to find paths forward on together, lots of places Americans are at risk. He’s trying to find a way to move forward with Russia, and now this jumped in the middle of a time when they could have begun to have a discussion where we might have made some progress. We regret that, but the Russians caused this meeting to be canceled by their behavior in the Kerch Strait.’