Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Wednesday during a weekly news conference: “We’re not returning our territory. Crimea is part of the Russian Federation.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump had been taking a tough line with Russia and that he expected Moscow to withdraw from the region, which it occupied following a “full-scale invasion
” in 2014.
Spicer pointed to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s recent remarks on Russia’s actions in east Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, adding that Trump “expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea.”
The Ministry’s declaration comes as it emerged that high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign
with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence,…
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