Trump on Thursday announced on Twitter that "it would be best for all parties concerned" if he and Putin did not meet as planned because Ukrainian ships and sailors recently seized in the Sea of Azov had not been released by Russian Federation.
Huckabee Sanders did not disclose the content of their conversation, but in a press conference later Saturday Putin revealed that Trump had questioned him about Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea. Moscow explained such a move by internal political reasons.
Still, what Putin really wants is to make a deal with Trump.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has talked with world leaders at a Group of 20 summit clouded by concerns about the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"I hope it will end someday".
Sputnik discussed Putin-Merkel's meeting and the G20 summit in general with Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos - Senior Lecturer in European Politics in the University of Surrey.
Tariff tensions shadow trade pact signing
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the revamped NAFTA signed today in Buenos Aires provides stability for Canada's economy. There is no formal meeting between Trump and Trudeau on either leader's schedule for the Friday and Saturday summit.
Putin strongly denied any Russian breaches of the pact.
He says Putin did not have an opportunity to respond to his remarks during the meeting of leaders.
Such weapons are seen as extremely destabilising as they take just a few minutes to reach targets, leaving virtually no time for decision-makers and dramatically increasing the possibility of a nuclear conflict over a false attack warning or technical glitch.
November 29, Trump canceled the meeting with Putin, citing the incident in the Kerch Strait.
More anti-Russian sanctions followed and relations soured further.
"The President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behavior unacceptable, so we canceled the meeting", Pompeo said.
The leaders of countries representing four-fifths of the global economy opened a two-day meeting in Argentina facing the deepest fractures since the first G20 summit convened 10 years ago in the throes of financial crisis. The Kremlin then sarcastically said that Putin "will be a few additional hours of useful meetings".