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The President of the United States Donald trump in his Twitter recalled that the accession of Crimea to Russia occurred during the presidency of Barack Obama. He also wondered whether his predecessor was too soft in relations with Russia
The President of the United States Donald trump in his Twitter wondered whether the 44th President Barack Obama is too soft toward Russia, Recalling that the annexation of Crimea to Russia took place during the presidency of his predecessor.
“Russia annexed Crimea, while working the Obama administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” — he wrote.
On the eve of a White house spokesman Shop Spicer stated that trump expects Russia to assist in the reduction of violence in Ukraine and return Crimea. “President trump has made it clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate the violence in Ukraine and the return of the Crimea”, — he stressed. Thus, according to the spokesman, trump “expects to get along with Russia.”
In July last year, as a candidate for President, trump said that the people of Crimea “would prefer to be with Russia, but not where he was before.” At the same time he confirmed the intention to consider the issue of recognition of the Crimea part of Russia in case of victory in the elections.
The Russian foreign Ministry commented on the statements by the White house. According to the official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova, Russia does not return its territories. Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, in turn, called the discussions about the sale of Crimea is a violation of the territorial integrity of Russia.