Biden: the U.S. will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Biden: the U.S. will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

U.S. politicians issued statements on the anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea

The White House released a statement Friday morning by President Joe Biden on the 7th anniversary of Russia’s illegal invasion of independent Ukraine.

It notes that seven years ago, the Russian Federation “violated international law, the norms by which modern nations interact with each other, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighboring Ukraine” when it invaded the peninsula of Crimea.

“The United States continues to support Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it has since the beginning of this conflict,” the president’s statement stressed. – On this grim anniversary, we reaffirm a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.”

The United States, the document said, has not “and never will recognize” Russia’s attempted annexation of the peninsula all these years, will stand with Ukraine against the Kremlin’s aggressive aspirations and will continue to work to “hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine.”

“The United States continues to believe in Ukraine’s potential, and we support all who seek a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future for their country,” the president’s statement concluded.

Bill Keating and Brian Fitzpatrick, leaders of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment, and Cyberspace, also issued a statement Friday on the 7th anniversary of Crimea’s annexation. They noted that despite intimidation and pressure from aggressors, Ukrainians – both those now living in Crimea and those forced to leave the peninsula – continue to resist the occupation of Crimea and fight for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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“Russia’s continued illegal occupation of Crimea and Donbas and militarization of the peninsula is a blatant attempt to destabilize the European continent and divert attention from the domestic problems facing Russia. Congress must continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and condemn Russia’s aggressive actions,” the congressmen say. – Until Russia regains full control of Crimea and withdraws its troops from Donbas, we will support sanctions against those involved in violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity.