By: Sputnik News/Aleksey Nikolskyi
Trump has repeatedly accused Obama of being weak concerning the US foreign policy including in his attitude toward Russia.
«For eight years Russia ‘ran over’ President Obama, got stronger and stronger, picked-off Crimea and added missiles. Weak!» Trump said in a Twitter post.
On February 14, the White House spokesman said that US President Donald Trump expects Russia to «return Crimea» to Ukraine. Later, Trump reaffirmed this stance, suggesting that Obama was «too soft» on Russia.
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 as it is Russian territory. The Kremlin said that Russia does not discuss issues related to its territory with foreign partners.
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.
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