Pompeo: US will never recognize Crimea as Russian

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington would never recognize the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation despite the region’s reintegration into Russian territory more than four years ago.

According to the head of US diplomacy, Russia would have acted in an unworthy way to the great nation when it decided to reclaim the peninsula previously controlled by Ukraine, choosing to “isolate itself from the international community.”

“Russia, through its invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and its attempted annexation of the Crimea, has sought to undermine a fundamental international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force,” Pompeo said at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Together with allies, partners and the international community, the United States rejects this attempt to annex the Crimea and promises to maintain that policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored,” he added.

In statements subsequent to the Senate committee, the secretary said he was willing to work with Congress to impose new sanctions against Moscow, ensuring that there will be no relief on this issue until the Crimea is returned to Ukraine. On the other hand, he also underlined the current administration’s desire to restore relations with Russia, a nuclear superpower.

All that said, Trump has made it clear on numerous occasions that he is not in control of, or cannot control the statements made by various members of government, including his own cabinet and staff. He has said repeatedly that only his twitter account and similar verified methods such as recorded video, are his own administrations policy positions. He has claimed that he has at war with a ‘deep state’ which has its tentacles in even those closest to the administration.

It is unlikely that the Crimea will ever be “returned” to Ukraine as it is historically and ethnically a part of Russia. In the 2014 referendum, the overwhelming majority of people voted in favor to reunify with Russia. Crimea first became a part of Ukraine when it was transferred from Russia during the Soviet Union. This was not considered a major issue as Ukraine and Russia were united under the umbrella bloc of the Soviet Union. However, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has been a lingering problem as nearly the entirety of the population identify as Russian and not Ukrainian.

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Ugh...
Ugh...
3 years ago

Russia doesn’t seek your recognition. It is apart of Russia as fact. Has been and always will be. They recognize it even if they don’t realize it. How would a government official from the West visit Crimea? Through Ukraine? I think not.

Chaos Spinning
Chaos Spinning
3 years ago

Russian doctors will cure USA’s amnesia and USA will then recognize Crimea for what it is .

David Robertson
David Robertson
3 years ago

Never is a long time Mike. And the “international community”, ie the US and its vassals, is shrinking by the day. If you are nor careful the US will be isolated and have not a friend left in the world, except perhaps for its relationship with the rogue Jewish State.

Garry Compton
Garry Compton
Reply to  David Robertson
3 years ago

These guys are sooo demented and programmed – their sense of irrationality, Honor and Treason are all the same – SNAFU d

Garry Compton
Garry Compton
3 years ago

Crimea is more Russian than Washington is American ! So There Pompous ass.

vlom2441
vlom2441
Reply to  Garry Compton
3 years ago

Who give a rat ass what corrupted Mr. Pompeo thinks. Crimea will always be part of Russia. Looks like Mr. Pompeo never got he memo.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
VeeNarian (Yerevan)
3 years ago

What a pompous a….. hole!
It is Russia that has recognised Crimea as Russian, based on the free will of the Crimean people, a free will that was gained at the cost of thousands of lives during WW2.
Russian recognition of Crimea is backed up by the might of the Russian Federation. That is all that matters.
Let see which deluded country has the delusions to challenge Russia.
I am sure they will meet the same fate as the Nazis.

vlom2441
vlom2441
Reply to  VeeNarian (Yerevan)
3 years ago

This scumbag needs to go to school and learn the history of Crimea and Russia. He is an example of the failed educations system of US.

Nexusfast123
Nexusfast123
3 years ago

Arrogant and pig ignorant. The more the US economy shrinks the less relevant they become. This pompous idiot will push the US into a war with Iran.

Guy
Guy
3 years ago

Such a short memory ,Pompeo has . Remember Kosovo .And besides ,I’m sure Russia gives a shit what Pompeo thinks on the subject of Crimea .Now Russia forever.

hummingbird
hummingbird
3 years ago

I doubt that Russia give a hoot what you, in particular, think.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
v76
v76
3 years ago

And less and less nations are recognising merika… so his point is???

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