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    Russia is unwilling to consider returning Crimea to Kiev and won't debate the matter with anyone, including the US, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    "This topic will not be discussed, because it cannot be discussed. Russia does not discuss issues related to its territory with foreign partners," Peskov told reporters.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his telephone conversation with US leader Donald Trump on January 28, did not address the issue of Crimea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.

    "No, [the issue] was not raised," Peskov told reporters.

    On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump expected Russia to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and return Crimea to Ukraine.

    On February 14, the White House spokesman said that US President Donald Trump expects Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine.

    "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.

    Commenting on the White House statement, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia does not intend to return Crimea to Kiev.

    "We do not return our territories. Crimea is Russian territory," Zakharova said at a weekly briefing, reaffirming Moscow's longstanding position that the issue is permanently closed.

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    • avatar
      michael
      the wh showing signs of believing obama's self centredness.
    • ewt2020
      Trump's advisers are still thriving in the swamp. POTUS needs factual not fake advice to allow proper understanding of the Crimea and Donbas situation.
    • avatar
      slimyfox
      Trump is flexing his muscles and that is no good as he is poorly educated in politics and diplomacy, he does not understands society as all he knows is a hard and brutal business and in his understanding that is very clear, if you take something that he believes belongs to someone else you have to return it back. Well that is absolutely correct in case of material objects but not in a case of the territory without knowing its historical, social, economical and political background especially the territory that has been previously stolen from Russia and illegally given to Ukraine just because Khrushchev was Ukrainian and has abused his power which allowed him to commit crime without being ever prosecuted for it.

      Russians should spit on Boris Yeltsin's grave as he was the worst political gangster in Russian history and he damaged Russia so much that he should be nominated as official term for repugnant person as it is quite hard to find someone else in modern Russian politics (last 60 years) who would exceed him. At the breakup of USSR, Crimea had referendum and expressed wish to be reunited with Mother Russia but repugnant psychopath Yeltsin listened to USA and preferred to indulge in alcohol and drugs rather than rule the country and that is causing so much grievances even today.

      Trump better get his attic in order and reorganise his knowledge about certain facts such as history and to recognise Crimea as part of Russia, despite Congress and Senate demand for Russia to return Crimea. By now he should understand that both parties are against him and that he is politically quite alon, against of all vicious and warmongering politicians within GOP and Democrats. It is time for him and his close staff to speak out loud and reveal the truth to the USA public where majority is still brainwashed. He should tell to the people that there are only two choices, one is peace and the other is war. He would need to tell the truth to the people that in case of war about 99% of Americans in USA will die either from direct nuclear blasts or by radiation, hunger and poisoning. The lucky one will be incinerated in a millionth of a second and less fortunate will suffer in agony till their death few weeks after the attack. USA people hearing this things supported by evidence will make their ultimate choice between long or very short life. That same will happen in Russia and throughout the world is irrelevant at this moment as every individual lives its own life only.

      Russia has no reasons to worry about new sanctions as they so far proved to be blessings for Russia simply because it stopped industrial deterioration as it was before thanks to oligarchs who due to own lack of intelligence and business knowledge invested in imports thus participated in destruction of Russian economy and turning once industrial country into energy banana republic which was importing everything. Russia should strip these bastards of everything and throw them in jail as there is their only deserved and justified place.

      I am convinced that Russia will never ever again allow any single part of its territory to become bargaining chip. Crimea was, is and will be part of Russia for as long as Russia will exist.
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Sad to see the russian sickness. Theft of neighbours cow is bad, but murdering the neighbour even worse.
    • Tony Rossiniin reply toMishka Kyiv(Show commentHide comment)
      Mishka Kyiv,
      Why don'y you fascists stop shelling your citizens in the Donbass....this has been going on DAILY for the last 2.5 years!
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