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    US President Donald Trump expects Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine, the White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

    "President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a daily news briefing. "At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia."

    Crimea rejoined Russia after a 2014 referendum, when almost 97 percent of the region's population voted for the reunification. Sevastopol, which has a federal city status, supported the move by 95.6 percent of votes.

    During the election campaign Trump claimed he would "consider" recognizing Crimea as part of Russia following the referendum in the peninsula, adding that the Crimeans wanted to live in Russia.

    Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated establishing a political dialogue with Moscow, particularly in regards to the fight against terrorism, and expressed readiness to build positive relations with Russia. Moscow has long been promoting the idea of fruitful cooperation with Washington.

    After the leaders' phone talks on January 28, the Kremlin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the presidents had noted the importance of respect in relations.

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    • avatar
      anne00marie
      Has anybody noticed, this article is from Politics, which virtually always takes the US/Soros stand? No names, no facts, nothing. Just alleged leaks and no proof. Who gains, from this article? What is their agenda?
    • avatar
      MissyXXX
      All I can say is LOL!
    • Dar...in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, Quite. Yes the source struck me as odd too.

      What makes this implausible as an accurate reflection of Trump's position is that it's being stated at all.

      Business people never, ever, make definitive statements about their positions prior to negotiations for obvious reasons.

      What they will sometimes do however is leak a potential problematic issue prior to deal negotiations, so that the problematic issues need never be brought up by either party in future face to face meetings.

      Trump might be signalling 'don't bring up sanctions or Crimea because I'd currently be forced to take this stance which wouldn't do either of us any good'.

      The alternative is that he's been politically castrated and become yet another Oval Office jellyfish.

      Time will tell. If he personally confirms this position we'd all better prepare for war because Germany would hear that like a starting pistol.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, Trump rose to prominence as part of the Zionist controlled organized crime syndicate that controls the NEW York City real estate business. Years ago I had personal professional experience dealing with them. People, if they had been willing to see what Trump came out of would not have at all been surprised by his actions once in office.
    • avatar
      rajivalgoo
      Well..that's a fair request. However, what does Russia get in return? Ukraine?
    • avatar
      nonyank
      Well Russia, if you thought Trump would lean your way you were warned.....Trump goes which ever way the wind blows because he is as dumb as a fence post....you haven't seen anything yet because is ignorance and outright stupidity are now shining brightly!
    • Dar...in reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, Actually it looks like a legit quote. It's everywhere and can be attributed to Sean Spicer who is Trump's Director of Strategic Communications, not just a 'White House spokesperson.

      This might as well of come out of Trump's mouth.

      So that's it then. War.
    • Blackie
      How about giving back all the countries in Europe?:
      How about giving Australia back to the rightful owners, the Aborigine.?
      How about giving America back to the Indians?
      How about giving Palestine back, or is that too much to ask?
    • Blackiein reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie,
      Project Israel is on track.
      Trump hates ISIS but supports Saudi, plus fights in Yemen for them.
    • Dar...in reply tononyank(Show commentHide comment)
      nonyank, Not as brightly as the nukes will if that NATO build up moves east to try to force his idiot agenda.
    • NATOisEVIL
      I expect the Donald to return USA to the American Indians. As I predicted, Americans will always be nothing more than Americans.
    • avatar
      affordable.guy
      Can you say delusional? Sure, I knew you could!
    • avatar
      landauroj
      The atoll of Diego Garcia habitants were forcelly removed from the island so the USA could construct a military base there. So who the man with " " to tell the USA to give back the isla to their original habitants?
    • avatar
      landauroj
      Niccolò Machiavelli, the famous Italian politician, is in history as the nasty and dirty politician that justifies assassination and corruptions and misinformation to defeat his opponents. Most probably Trump has a collection of Machiavelli book in his shelf.
    • Dar...
      Ok. So what we have to watch for now is any deployment of THAAD to Romania, Ukraine etc prior to the 2018 completion of the Polish missile sites; and NATO naval build up in Black Sea and Baltic because Aegis is a naval launch system.

      Aegis is exo-atmospheric so couldn't protect the NATO forces on the border from short range ballistics. THAAD could.

      If they try to put THAAD anywhere near the border Russia must initiate this war with short range tactical warheads. Take out everything they've got on the border and leave those border countries too irradiated for infantry. Then eliminate the Aegis stations so ICBM's can reach Western Europe and USA.

      Are the Americans gambling on Russia being purely reactionary and not casting the first stone?

      This is the closest we've been to all out nuclear war in my lifetime. It seems inevitable now.
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      Darrell R
      Fifty one percent of Mexico was stolen and annexed by the United States. Unlike Crimea, this land never belonged to them, and it was an aggressive annexation. Crimea returning to Russia had the overwhelming support of its people. Perhaps Russia should demand the US return that.

      Trump knows that Crimea is and will forever be Russia as it has been for centuries.
      President Trump, do not turn into one of the warmongers you so harshly criticized during your campaign. That will make you no better than them if not worse. You won't get another vote or my support with this garbage attitude.
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      Darrell Rin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, western media never takes the will of the people living in Crimea into account. They act as if this was a hostile annexation of a foreign land. They know better, but do it anyway. I find this to be quite disturbing.
    • Gentle Eagle
      I'm afraid Donald Trump might not make it out of the first term of his presidency alive if he keeps going against "The Establishment" the way he is! By the "Establishment" I'm referring to the shadow government, the special interest groups and the powerful behind the scenes puppet masters, the "agenda" people, the Illuminati for the sake of those who don't know. He's up against the real forces of darkness and might just end up becoming a part of them or become one more sacrificial martyr lamb.
      The serious part is this: I do not wish any harm upon him nor incite anyone into violence against this honorable man, but I'm just really afraid for him, and hopes that he be aware, however, this is what I predict. And let it be know I've made this prediction on this date and time.
      *There are a 1,001 ways if not more, to kill a cat.
    • avatar
      jerrys57
      Yes. When pigs will fly.
    • avatar
      LUCIAN-ION COJOCARU
      A radical transformation, indeed !. A clear proof that Trump is a puppet in CIA and Pentagon hands, only. These two aggressive institutions dictate his foreign policy.
      Lucian-Ion Cojocaru, Romanian journalist
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