WASHINGTON, February 14. /Offset. TASS Anton Cranks/. The US President Donald trump has made it clear that he expects the return of the Crimea to the Ukraine and de-escalate the situation in the East of the country. This position was outlined Tuesday at a regular press briefing the press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer.
“The President made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to reduce the violence in Ukraine and the return of the Crimea, – he said. – At the same time, he (trump) fully relies on the possibility of establishing relations with Russia, unlike previous administrations in the solution of many problems facing the international community, as the threat from the Islamic state (banned in Russia as extremist grouping “Islamic state”) and terrorism”.
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The Spicer reported that trump “has an incredibly tough stance on Russia”. Press Secretary, referring again to the statements of U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said that the sanctions because of the Crimea will be removed only after the return of the Peninsula to the Ukraine.
“The administration (ex-head of state Barack) Obama tried resetting (of relations) with Russia, but failed. They tried to tell Russia not to invade Crimea, but failed,” said Spicer. However, he said, trump “understands that the national and economic interests of America to have a healthy relationship” with Russia.
The authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol March 16, 2014 held a referendum on reunification with Russia. It was attended by more than 80% of eligible voters. For reunification voted 96.7% and 95.6%, respectively. 18 March of the same year the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly. Despite the strong results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea part of Russia.