Corker warns Trump against recognizing Crimea annexation
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.) is sending a veiled warning to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE, arguing he shouldn't recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

"Recognizing Crimea as part of Russia would undermine the rules-based international order that was created with U.S. leadership and has caused democracy to thrive around the world and made America a safer home for our citizens," Corker said in a tweet on Monday, without directly mentioning Trump.

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Corker added that in the "upcoming Helsinki summit, the U.S. must stand firmly with our NATO allies and affirm our transatlantic partnership. Doing otherwise strengthens Putin and undermines democratic values." 

Corker's tweet comes as he's traveling in Northern Europe this week as part of his role on the Foreign Relations Committee.  

"As I travel throughout the Baltics this week in my role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is clear that Russia’s destabilizing behavior continues to impact the region," Corker added on Monday.

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet later this month in Finland. 
 
Trump implied on Friday that the two could discuss the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, saying they would talk about "everything." 
 
“We’re going to be talking about Ukraine, we’re going to be talking about Syria, we’ll be talking about elections, and we don’t want anybody tampering with elections,” Trump said to reporters on Air Force One.
 
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters on Monday that Crimea is not up for discussion.

Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine sparked widespread international backlash, including new U.S. and European Union sanctions and Russia's removal from the Group of Eight, now known as the Group of Seven.