November 30, 2018 / 9:52 AM / 17 days ago

Russia thinks Trump canceled Putin meeting for domestic reasons

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin react at the end of the joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia believes U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Vladimir Putin due to domestic issues rather than the Ukraine situation, its foreign ministry said on Friday.

“Is the provocation started by Kiev in this area (Azov Sea) a real reason for the cancellation? We heard that as an official version and we accepted that. Is it a real one? I believe we should look for answers in the U.S. domestic political situation,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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