The US Congress Approved a Ban on the Recognition of Crimea as Russian
OREANDA-NEWS The bill prohibiting the US administration from recognizing Crimea as Russian was adopted unanimously by the foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives. Reunification of Crimea and Russia in Washington should now be called exclusively "annexation". The President of the United States, however, has the right to make an exception if it is in the interests of national security.
From now on, only the US President has the right to de jure or de facto recognize Russia's sovereignty over Crimea – if it is deemed necessary in the interests of national security of the States. Other U.S. officials and agencies should consider Crimea "illegally occupied," the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved.
"To prohibit the US government to recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia. US policy is not to recognize the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea, its territorial waters or airspace», - it is said in the text of a short, just a couple of proposals of the bill. For the" anti-Krymsky " bill was adopted, it must be approved by the Senate and the President of the United States.
Recall, March 4, 2019, us President Donald trump extended for another year the validity of anti-Russian sanctions, which were imposed against Russia in 2014 after the annexation of the Crimea.
At the same time, as Trump explained, Moscow continues to seriously threaten the security and stability of Ukraine. Washington will continue to tighten sanctions against Russia until Ukraine will not be returned to the Peninsula of Crimea, said earlier US special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.
Crimea and Sevastopol became part of Russia in March 2014, after leaving Ukraine, where there was a coup. According to the results of the referendum, which was attended by more than 80% of voters for reunification with Russia voted more than 95% of voters.
On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement on the admission of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation on the rights of its subjects. A few years later, the Russian leader stressed that the conditions for the "return" of the Crimea to Ukraine "will never happen."
Washington continues to threaten Russia with sanctions after the incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russian border guards detained three Ukrainian warships with crews.