4 Dec 2018 16:19

Putin, Trump talked for 10-15 minutes at G20 summit - Ushakov

MOSCOW. Dec 4 (Interfax) - The conversation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires lasted 10-15 minutes and focused on the Kerch Strait incident and the general situation in Ukraine.

"Trump approached our president after the reception. They had a conversation, which our president has already told the press about. They mainly discussed the Kerch Strait incident. Our president explained our assessment of the incident in detail, in as much detail as was possible in 10-15 minutes, and the U.S. president listened to our arguments, I would say, attentively," Ushakov told journalists on Tuesday.

He said that he could not disclose every detail of the conversation but noted that "the Kerch Strait and the general situation in Ukraine" were among the topics discussed.

The meeting lasted 10-15 minutes; "no one used a stopwatch, but approximately that long," he said.

Asked if Putin's possible visit to Washington was discussed, Ushakov said, "The topic of a Washington visit was not touched on. That's the situation now. Of course, we expressed regret, and now the Americans should bestir themselves and propose something."

Russia does not feel "offended but regrets" Trumps decision not to meet with Putin, he said.