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    US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks at the United Nations reflect President Donald Trump’s concerns over Crimea, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Haley said on Thursday that Washington's sanctions related to the Russian peninsula in the Black Sea would "remain in place" despite a 2014 referendum in which the majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

    The Kremlin spokesman commented on the statement and said that Moscow was "never overly optimistic" about the United States' stance on sanctions, saying "we have talked about this from the beginning." He added that Moscow disagrees with such approach and will continue "to consistently and convincingly voice our position to all the members of the UN Security Council meetings."

    "I think Ambassador Haley made it very clear of our concern with Russia’s occupation of Crimea," Spicer told reporters at a press briefing.

    During her confirmation hearings in the Senate, Haley said that the US should be careful when dealing with Russia because Moscow cannot be trusted. She also commented the US sanctions against Russia and said that they should be maintained until there is a dramatic shift in Moscow's foreign policy.

    Crimea, which has a predominately ethnically-Russian population, seceded from Ukraine to rejoin Russia in March 2014, following a referendum in which over 96 percent of the voters supported the move. The Ukrainian government, the US and the EU refused to recognize the legality of the vote and introduced sanctions against Russia.

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    • avatar
      karlof1
      Same old shit, different day. When it comes to trustworthiness, Russia is in a whole different universe than the Outlaw US Empire, which as a prevaricator is in an exceptional class by itself.
    • RedBanner
      "I think Ambassador Haley made it very clear of our concern with Russia’s occupation of Crimea," Spicer told reporters at a press briefing."

      Spicer, if you keep repeating such non-sense, you start looking like those pathetic spokespersons who preceded you on that podium...

      As for this Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the UN... well, she looks just like Samantha Power... only the hair color looks different!

      In short, the foreign policies of the current US administration don't seem to change much from its predecessors... :(

      As for the sanctions on Russia, please let them stay indefinitely. After all they are hurting more mainly the EU, than Russia, so these sanctions are actually good ;)

      Regarding Crimea... well, you can dream whatever you want, but historically Crimea is, has always been, and will remain forever part of Russia. Furthermore the people of Crimea have freely voted on a clean referendum, and there is no chance you can change the will or the minds of some 96% of the Crimea population!
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      professor.hornblow
      Does Ambassador Haley know where Crimea is? She looks out of place in a grown-up world of geopolitics. Best for her not say too much, for fear of ridicule.
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      Tim - USAin reply toRedBanner(Show commentHide comment)
      RedBanner, I'm with you all the way !!! I voted for Trump based on his positive comments towards RF and Crimea during the campaign. He lied to the people that voted for him including me. What I want to see now is a tweet from Trump confirming or denying he lied to us. He is not going to have it both ways.
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      dvdgrg09
      I wonder if Russia would trade Crimea for Canada
    • RedBannerin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA,

      Hi!

      "I voted for Trump based on his positive comments towards RF and Crimea during the campaign."

      I obviously supported him most of all because of his positive stance on Russia and the promise he would work things for the better. As opposed to his adversary, who just wanted to push the red button...

      Now, I don't remember if Trump ever mentioned the question of Crimea during the campaign.
      Anyway, Crimea is (again since 2014), has always been (since 1783), and will always be, part of Russia! Sevastopol is a reference on Russian History!
      After some 96% of the population of Crimea voted on a free referendum for being reintegrated into the Russian Federation (Khrushchev integrated Crimea into the Ukraine region - both were part of the former USSR - in 1954, so for 60 years it was temporarily part of Ukraine; it should have been returned to the RF in 1991, when the former USSR dissolved, but then there was no one like Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin...), how can you ignore that, and even consider that an issue? Only the greedy oligarchs in Kiev keep dreaming of having Crimea back, so they can ruin it as they did to the whole rest of Ukraine!

      I think Trump may ignore a lot of the international political chess game, but the main problem, IMHO, is that he may be being misled by some of his advisers, perhaps even some of the members of his cabinet...

      I still hope that after he meets with Putin, if the two have the opportunity for some real talk, maybe Putin will be able to help him open his eyes to the real world...
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      Tim - USAin reply toRedBanner(Show commentHide comment)
      RedBanner, Below is Trumps tweet concerning Crimea and 2 articles showing the whole (and bias) story.

      “The people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were,” Mr. Trump said. “And you have to look at that, also.”

      www.nytimes.com/2016/08/01/world/europe/ukraine-trump-crimea-politics.html

      observer.com/2016/08/the-desire-to-please-dictators-why-trumps-crimea-gaffe-matters

      Below this is 2 bias articles related to the majority of all Trumps tweets concerning Putin.

      www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/trump-putin-timeline

      www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/donald-trumps-top-ten-giveaways-vladimir-putin

      Khrushchev was a Ukrainian and stole Crimea from Russia. All Russia is doing is taking back what is rightfully theirs. Due to recent events I now have neutral stance about Trump and will no longer ask people to "give him time" or "give him a chance". He has deceived and betrayed me and many other voters that actively supported him. I also don't like him sucking up to Israel, NATO and picking a fight with Iran. That is not what I voted for.

      Like you, I can only hope he "wakes-up'. This will be the last chance for the GOP to get it right.

      Cheers

      Tim
    • RedBannerin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA,

      Thanks a lot, Tim!

      Very interesting indeed!

      I know of some of Trump's considerations about President Putin and Russia, but somehow I may have missed a couple, and as I said before wasn't aware of what Trump said about Crimea!

      So rather than moving forward, he seems to be moving backward! Which is almost never a good sign...

      Cheers!
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