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US State Dept Pledges to Retain Sanctions Until Russia Returns Crimea

Sputnik — 16.03.2016

48c581ed-2d60-4ab7-aa80-6075262893e4Washington will not lift the sanctions imposed after the reunification of Crimea with Russia until Moscow decides to “return Crimea to Ukraine,” the spokesman for the US State Department said.

Crimea, which has a predominately ethnically-Russian population, seceded from Ukraine to rejoin Russia two years ago following a referendum on March 16 in which over 96 percent of voters supported the move.

“We will not accept the redrawing of borders by force in the 21st century. Sanctions related to Crimea will remain in place as long as the occupation continues. We again call on Russia to end that occupation and return Crimea to Ukraine,” John Kirby said in a statement Wednesday.

He added that Washington remains committed to “a united, sovereign Ukraine.”

In 2014, the United States, the European Union and some of their allies imposed a series of economic sanctions targeting key Russian sectors as well as a number of individuals and entities over Russia’s reunification with Crimea and its alleged interference in the conflict between Kiev and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine, denied by Moscow.

March 16, 2016 - Posted by | Economics | , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. About time the real terrorist on the world stage has sanctions put on them, the USA and their masters Israel

    Comment by JonC | March 16, 2016 | Reply

  2. Newsflash … The people of Crimea VOTED to go with Russia. Of course Washington doesn’t believe in the will of the people.

    Comment by Donna Free | March 16, 2016 | Reply

  3. will someone inform the mindless morons in the US gvt that Russia did not take or annex the crimea! There is nothing to give back!!
    The citizens VOTED TO LEAVE THE UKRAINE!
    The US govt is pathologically incapable of telling the truth!

    Comment by desertspeaks | March 16, 2016 | Reply

  4. That will happen when the USA returns Alaska to Russia!

    Comment by Tammuz | March 16, 2016 | Reply

  5. The current regime in Ukraine deposed the legally elected government in a violent coup supported by America and the EU. Crimea and the eastern states refused to recognize the current illegal government when they saw it’s intentions were to deny them the right to their own language and customs and intended to treat them as an underclass. American media support for such shameful actions shows they serve a government that does not support the concept of free and sovereign states governed by the will of their people as it agreed to do when it endorsed the UN Charter. It is difficult to accept that it is Russia and China that are upholding their commitment and that it is my country that has become the criminal.

    Comment by TC | March 16, 2016 | Reply

  6. How dare the Crimean people choose to be part of the Russian federation – they must be what we want them to be, so that we can pick a fight with evil Russia.

    Comment by Tim Hadfield | March 17, 2016 | Reply

  7. “We will not accept the redrawing of borders by force in the 21st century…” Unless the force was used by NATO and the West.

    Comment by Greg Bacon | March 17, 2016 | Reply


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