‘No return of Crimea’

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MOSCOW: Rus­sia will not hand back con­trol of Crimea to Ukraine, Rus­sia’s for­eign min­istry said, re­spond­ing to com­ments from the White House that the US ex­pected the Black Sea penin­sula to be re­turned.

“We don’t give back our own ter­ri­tory. Crimea is ter­ri­tory be­long­ing to the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion,” Maria Zakharova, spokes­woman for the Rus­sian for­eign min­istry, said.

The White House said US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­pects Rus­sia to re­lin­quish con­trol of the ter­ri­tory. Rus­sia an­nexed Crimea in 2014, prompt­ing the US and the EU to im­pose sanc­tions on Rus­sia.

Reuters

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