Trump "makes it clear": he awaits return of Crimea to Ukraine
This was announced by the White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
Spokesman for the White House Sean Spicer told of US President Donald Trump's hope that Russia returns peninsula of Crimea to Ukraine.
"President Trump makes it very clear that he expects that the Russian Government will begin the de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and will return the Crimea," the official says at a briefing.
Spicer says that Trump takes a tough stance towards Russia. "He continues to raise the issue of the Crimea, which the previous administration allowed to occupy," the official says.
According to Spicer, former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also expresses Washington's tough position in relation to the Crimea.
Crimea became part of Russia after the referendum in 2014. Western countries and Ukraine do not recognize the results of the plebiscite.
Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin calls the President's policy toward Russia dangerous for the United States. "Shockingly, the US President, Donald Trump, refuses to criticize Russia. His policies, or lack thereof, are dangerous to the United States," he writes on his Twitter account.
Earlier, Trump has written in the social network that he does not understand why he has been criticized for stance on Russia and insists that he is not familiar with President Vladimir Putin and has not conducted business in this country.
Cardin also says that Russia is a threat because it allegedly tried to influence the elections in the United States. As another example of Moscow's threats, he called conflicts in the east of Ukraine and in Syria.
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