Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says U.S. President Donald Trump did not say that Crimea was part of Russia," while his remarks were taken out of context.
"I remember very well what Trump said during meetings. Yes, he has his own vocabulary, his own logic, but he never said Crimea was Russian. And as far as I know, he did not say this during his latest talks with the French president and with the German chancellor, where the Crimea issue was precisely discussed as well as that of political prisoners and Donbas," Klimkin told LB.ua.
The minister stresses there is no official confirmation of the report earlier published in the media.
According to Klimkin, during meetings with the U.S. president, Trump really asked whether people in Crimea speak Russian "and we explained in detail what it is all about."
"I asked our foreign partners, and many of the phrases are reported, being taken out of context. They should be treated calmly and those few words voived at the dinner shouldn't be spun," the minister said.
Klimkin added that he is aware of who is spreading false rumors. "But it's not worth disseminating these stupid things [because] it's sad," he added.
Earlier, Buzzfeed claimed, citing two diplomatic sources, Donald Trump allegedly told G7 leaders that "Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian."