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Russia: "We don't give back our territories" -  Zakharova on Crimea02:38

Russia: "We don't give back our territories" - Zakharova on Crimea

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 15, 2017 at 13:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova flatly ruled out that the Crimean peninsula would be once again part of Ukraine, saying "we do not give back our territories. Crimea is the territory of Russia. That is it". She made the statement at her weekly briefing in Moscow when asked to respond to comments made by US President Donald Trump saying that he expected Moscow to 'return' Crimea to Ukraine, Wednesday.

Answering a question about reports made by US media alleging that Russian diplomats are in "close contact" with the Trump administration, Zakharova answered that they are "doing the work that was assigned to them by Moscow, which is not only the normal practice for diplomats of all countries, but also is mentioned in all the international conventions about diplomatic relations."

Zakharova said that such reports are based on current "trends" that are part of global information campaigns. She cited "Russian hackers" and "fake Russian news" as two such trends that are being used to attack Russian media.

Russia: "We don't give back our territories" -  Zakharova on Crimea02:38
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Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova flatly ruled out that the Crimean peninsula would be once again part of Ukraine, saying "we do not give back our territories. Crimea is the territory of Russia. That is it". She made the statement at her weekly briefing in Moscow when asked to respond to comments made by US President Donald Trump saying that he expected Moscow to 'return' Crimea to Ukraine, Wednesday.

Answering a question about reports made by US media alleging that Russian diplomats are in "close contact" with the Trump administration, Zakharova answered that they are "doing the work that was assigned to them by Moscow, which is not only the normal practice for diplomats of all countries, but also is mentioned in all the international conventions about diplomatic relations."

Zakharova said that such reports are based on current "trends" that are part of global information campaigns. She cited "Russian hackers" and "fake Russian news" as two such trends that are being used to attack Russian media.