The meeting that didn’t happen. U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit. His stated reason: Russia’s detainment of Ukrainian soldiers after the Kerch Strait incident last weekend. Observers can’t help but wonder whether the new developments in the Mueller investigation also played a part in the meeting’s cancellation. Russia has taken the slight in stride, with a spokesman saying Putin has plenty other matters to attend to. (Our analysis published after the Helsinki summit on why Ukraine would be the biggest sticking point in U.S.-Russia relations can be found here.) All the while Ukraine continues to stoke the coals. Yesterday, a senior security official in Kiev said the government was considering “mirror actions” in response to Russia’s moves in the Black Sea. It’s hard to imagine what that means, given the size of Ukraine’s navy, but more important is the fact that Ukraine is calling as much attent
Daily Memo: Meetings and Conflicts That Didn’t Happen
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