Sarah Sanders: Trump spoke with Putin at G-20 dinner

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Saturday that President Trump had an “informal” conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Argentina.

“As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the First Lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin,” Sanders said in a statement.

Just prior to the start of the summit, Trump had announced he was canceling his planned meeting with Putin.

“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 scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” Trump tweeted Thursday.

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER 30: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Argentina planned for Saturday. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
El presidente de Estados Unidos Donald Trump (cent), el secretario de Tesoro Steve Mnuchin (segundo desde la der) en una reunión con el presidente chino Xi Jinping en la cumbre del G20 en Buenos Aires el 1 de diciembre del 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks after meeting with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Chinese President Xi Jinping and members of Chinese delegation attend a working dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, attend a working dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the media during the G20 Leaders Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
France's President Emmanuel Macron gives a news conference at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference on the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference on the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Martin Acosta
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands as they meet during the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands as they attend a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump attend the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri holds a news conference at the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff
U.S. first lady Melania Trump leaves the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
U.S. first lady Melania Trump leaves the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Argentina's first lady Juliana Awada, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's spouse Akie Abe,, European Council President Donald Tusk's spouse Malgorzata Tusk, Diana Carney, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's spouse Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Mufidah Kalla, wife of Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, pose for a family photo at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in's wife Kim Jung-sook, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's spouse Sophie Gregoire Trudeau look at drawings at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Mufidah Kalla, wife of Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, shows a drawing at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in's wife Kim Jung-sook, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's spouse Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Mufidah Kalla, wife of Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, pose for a family photo at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
France's President Emmanuel Macron attends the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the plenary session at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. G20 Argentina/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Argentina's first lady Juliana Awada welcomes U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires MALBA, during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the Group 20 summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Pool
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a bilateral meeting at the Group 20 summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Pool
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The tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated on Sunday.

Russia’s seizure of “three small Ukrainian naval vessels and 23 sailors — including at least three wounded in a shooting by the Russian side — was the first overt armed conflict between the two sides since the beginning days of the conflict in 2014, when Russian special forces occupied Crimea,” notes the New York Times.

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