Trump cancelled his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin as he departed for the G20 summit. He motivated the decision based on the escalating tensions between Russian and Ukraine. “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously schedule meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin,” Trump tweeted. He expressed hope for a future summit as soon as the situation is resolved. US officials had hoped the G20 meeting between the two leaders would have been a continuation of their discussion in Helsinki.
Protests at G20 – 2018
Anti-capitalist and other protests are expected throughout the G20 conference. Friday a large demonstration is expected. The event will be guarded by 22,000 police and 700 security ministry agents, and the government has been in contact with a number of foreign security services, including those in the United States, Britain, Brazil, Italy and Spain. The United States, Mexico and Canada are expected to sign a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Friday. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the G20 to sell Britain’s post-Brexit trading future outside the EU.