USA reaffirms refusal to accept Russian Federation annexing Crimea

Charlene Craig
July 26, 2018

President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

The U.S. on Wednesday delayed Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Washington until 2019.

Bolton suggested the decision not to meet sooner was due to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"This is President Trump's administration-make no mistake who is fully in charge of this and who is directing each of these activities that has caused Vladimir Putin to be in a very hard place today".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders followed up hours later in a tweet that said Trump had instructed Bolton to "invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway".

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Many members of Congress had objected to the two leaders meeting again later this year, saying Mr Putin would not be welcome on Capitol Hill.

"NATO will remain an indispensable pillar of American national security", he said.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H, asked whether Trump talked to Putin about removing US troops from Syria. Almost half of respondents - 47 percent - said Trump is guiding the nation's foreign policy toward negative consequences.

The statement went on to say that Crimea had joined Russian Federation based on "the right of a people to self-determination".

USA intelligence agencies all concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, a fact that Trump has wavered on fully accepting. Wresting control of a chamber would allow them to derail or stall much of Mr Trump's policy agenda, while ushering in more aggressive congressional oversight and investigation of the US President's administration.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA would never recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, and would continue to insist that Ukraine's territorial integrity be restored. "It will be highly contested - that is, the modalities, the means, the timing of this will be things that I'm confident we'll be discussing for a period of time", he said.

For Maddow, this was a clear case of Trump rewriting history to bury an inconvenient reminder that Putin was rooting for him in the election.

Sixty-nine percent say they believe there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, compared to 24 percent who said there wasn't.

"We still don't know what happened in Helsinki", he said.

"There will be no relief of Crimea-related sanctions until Russian Federation returns control of the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine", he said, noting the US stance regarding Crimea is a "policy of nonrecognition".

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