“Into the valley of death rode the 600…”
Russia reacted angrily to President Trump’s recent assertion that the Crimean Peninsula should be returned to Ukraine. The Kremlin had hoped the election of Trump over Hillary would bring a new American policy to ease sanctions and ‘put the issue behind them.’
Trump is facing extreme pressure in the United States regarding contacts with Russian operatives and diplomats before the election, which has resulting in the resignation of his national security advisor, General Michael Flynn.
“The theme of returning Crimea will not be discussed … Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters, reported Reuters.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that Trump expected and wanted to get along with Russia, but was expecting Moscow to hand Crimea back.
“Let’s wait for some first-hand words from the U.S. president,” said Volodin. “When people get elected by voters it’s not merely for warm words and the ability to speak, but for concrete promises … that will be fulfilled,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, to the MPs.