Pompeo: US won't recognize Crimea annexation

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Russia's Embassy in Washington has accused US officials of "living in a different reality" after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated America's rejection of Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

We stand together with allies, partners and the global community in our commitment to Ukraine and its territorial integrity.

In an interview transcript released ahead of the Crimea statement, Pompeo said Trump and Putin "didn't find much place to agree" on Ukraine when they met in Finland last week.

He also said that Washington does not and will not recognize the Kremlin's control of Crimea.

He insisted Trump deeply respects the work of the intelligence community - a notion the president left in doubt in Helsinki when he said he had to weigh its assertions about election interference against Putin's strong denials that it took place.

"We don't trust Russian Federation; we don't trust Putin; we never will", Haley said.

And US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also told CBN News this week that the administration isn't being duped by Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin.

Pompeo said from the outset the United States administration's approach has been to steadily raise the cost of aggression until Putin chooses a less confrontational foreign policy while keeping the door open for dialogue in national interest.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, the committee's chairman, delivered withering criticism, accusing Trump of appearing "submissive and deferential" standing next to Putin in Helsinki and saying "it's the president's actions that create tremendous distrust in our nation, among our allies". However, he did also indicate that the Trump administration wishes to restore relations with Russian Federation, as a fellow nuclear super power.

"I think he told us what he was assigned to do, but then when you start asking him specific questions, when they got tricky and they got tough in terms of the questions, he would just avoid them", the senator said.

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His manner towards Putin was also a contrast to the anger Trump flashed at allies at a combative summit of the alliance in Brussels last week, which critics said would only hearten Putin.

"I can't say it more forcefully", Corker added.

Senators were upset that President Trump said at the summit that he did not believe USA intelligence agency assessments that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

We defended America's fundamental strategic interest in Syria and Ukraine.

As "proof", he cited several examples, including 213 sanctions on Russian entities and individuals in the Trump administration, expel of 60 Russian spies from the United States and the closure of Russian consulates in Seattle and San Francisco.

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy", Coats said.

"The administration tells us, "Don't worry, be patient, there's a strategy here, '" Corker said". President Trump remains upbeat about the prospects for North Korean de-nuclearisation.

"Both sides need to focus on what deliverables can be", he said on Twitter. Multiple UN Security Council resolutions require the country to eliminate all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, he told the lawmakers. And Pompeo said that decision could be linked to the desire to have productive conversations with Putin in the future.

On Ukraine, Pompeo said the differences were sharp. However, he refused to go into any further detail. Pompeo responded that North Korea's leadership "indicated that they fully understand the scope of what denuclearization entails". "I know. I briefed him on it for over a year", said Pompeo, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director before Trump tapped him for the secretary of state job this spring.

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