Russia’s Foreign Ministry made a firm response after the White House said that US President Donald Trump expects Crimea to be handed back to Ukraine.
Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine, was annexed by Russia in 2014.
“We’re not returning our territory. Crimea is part of the Russian Federation,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters, according to a CNN report published online on February 16.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press briefing on February 14 that Trump “has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea.”
“At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to be able to get along with Russia” in order that they can solve the world’s problems together, Spicer added.