The U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects the Russian Federation to return illegally annexed in 2014 Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at the official daily news briefing on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea. At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia,” said the White House spokesman Sean Spicer
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Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told a news briefing on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, that Russia won’t give back Crimea:
“We don’t give back our territories. Crimea is the territory of the Russian Federation. That’s all,” stated Maria Zakharova.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked about the White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s comments, said that returning Crimea will not be discussed:
“The theme of returning Crimea will not be discussed … Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners,” stated the Kremlin official.
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