Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would look into recognizing Crimea as a Russian territory should he be elected president in November.
Trump responded to a question about Crimea and Russia at a news conference Wednesday, saying that he “would be looking into” recognizing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula as a Russian territory and lifting sanctions on Russian entities resulting from the country’s military intervention in Ukraine in 2014, Politico reported.
Trump has consistently come under scrutiny for his complimentary statements on the campaign trail about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his loyalists’ ties to Russia.
Moscow was slapped with international sanctions over its annexation of Crimea in March 2014, which occurred after a revolution toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. The United States and the European Union have refused to recognize the annexation.
One of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, has ties to Russian gas giant Gazprom, and another, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has advocated for closer U.S.-Russia relations. Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort also worked for Viktor Yanukovych.
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