One year on US again calls on Russia to leave Crimea
WASHINGTON: On the first anniversary of what the US described as a “sham referendum” in Crimea following Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea territory, the Obama Administration again called on President Vladimir Putin to “end his country’s occupation” of Crimea.
“We do not, nor will we, recognize Russia’s attempted annexation,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“We reaffirm that sanctions related to Crimea will remain in place as long as the occupation continues,” she added.
Psaki noted the Kremlin’s actions were “disrupting 70 years of international order and drawing the condemnation of free, democratic societies across the globe.” She affirmed the US “continues to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and right to self-determination.”