Ukraine, Crimea and sanctions
Main as much as the assembly with Putin, Mr. Trump has additionally been requested about Crimea. In response, he has blamed President Obama for permitting Putin to annex Crimea from Ukraine throughout his administration in 2014. Putin, Mr. Trump stated at a information convention with U.Ok. Prime Minister Theresa Might final week that Obama “failed very badly with Crimea – I would not have carried out that.” “We’ll must see what occurs,” he added.
On the time, Mr. Obama condemned the transfer, and the U.S. and E.U. sanctioned Russia afterward. Even now, solely nations like Venezuela and Syria acknowledge Crimea as a part of Russia. In Might, Russia bolstered its relationship with Crimea with the finished building of a bridge from Russia to Crimea.
Whereas Ukraine and a few European allies concern that Mr. Trump will acknowledge the annexation of Crimea, Nationwide Safety Adviser advised ABC Information’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “That’s not the coverage of the U.S.” The U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman was additionally requested about Crimea Sunday. “I believe it is extremely unlikely that that can come up of their dialog,” he advised NBC’s “Meet the Press,” including that there are “so many different issues to speak about.”
And at this level, U.S. sanctions in opposition to Russia over the annexation nonetheless stay in place, lots of them relationship again to the Obama administration in 2014. Russia has additionally been sanctioned by the U.S. over election meddling and different cyber assaults like NotPetya, which the U.S. and U.Ok. consider the Russian army executed, and which price billions in harm throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.