17:42 Jul. 28, 2016
Trump promises to consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs, is worried by Donald Trump's Republican presidential nomination, Deutsche Welle reports.
He says Trump's victory may bring uncertainty to the Transatlantic relations because Trump has challenged the current political elite.
"I am deeply concerned that the presidential nominee Trump defied all the political elite, despite he belongs to it himself and received public support because of that", Steinmeier said.
German Foreign Minister explains: Trump depicts a grotesque picture when he says the US is surrounded by internal and external enemies. And at the same time, Trump calls on the country to stay aside from the global conflicts.
"I cannot explain how the first one is connected to the other one", Steinmeier explained.
At the press conference on July 27, Trump stated he would consider recognizing Crimea as a part of Russia and lifting sanctions against it when asked about his position on the issue.
"We'll be looking at that. Yeah, we'll be looking", the presidential nominee said.
The United States, along with the European Union, has refused to recognize the annexation of Crimea legal and has introduced sanctions against Russian state banks and corporations.