: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Trump to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, lifting sanctions

Donald Trump said Wednesday he would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lifting the sanctions against the country if he`s elected president, according to politico.eu.

At a wide-ranging news conference, Trump said he ”would be looking into that” when asked about his stance on Crimea and Russia, politico.eu reported. 

Trump`s comments on Crimea came during the same news conference that he suggested Russia hack Hillary Clinton`s email server to ”find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The remark has been harshly criticized, and the Clinton campaign said it has now become a national security issue.

Asked about Russia`s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations ”have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

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