Why Crimea is not for Trump to give away

US President Donald Trump at a Salute to Service dinner at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US, on July 3, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

A few days ago, reporters on Air Force One asked President Donald Trump if he would accept Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. They had good reason to do so.

As Mr Trump prepares for his July 16 summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, there have been signs that the United States President might be considering some sort of grand bargain that might entail recognition of Moscow's claims.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Why Crimea is not for Trump to give away'. Print Edition | Subscribe