Crimea, Golan Heights issues are totally different, - Pompeo

Source : 112 Ukraine

US Secretary of State emphasized that Russia annexed Crimea, while Ukraine did not pose any threat to it
10:30, 10 April 2019


The situations with the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by Russia and Golan Heights, recognized as part of Israel by the U.S., are starkly different as Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, noted.

Pompeo noted that “the situations could not be more starkly different" and Golan Heights turned out to be the part of Israel as the state was attacked and Israeli citizens had to defend themselves.

According to the U.S. State Secretary, Israel had to seize Golan Heights to continue to defend themselves "murderous regimes in Syria."

Related: Golan Heights status: Syria convenes extraordinary session of UN Security Council

"Russia, on the other hand, wasn't on the defensive, Russia chose at their own moment in time to go seize land from the people that posed no threat to them whatsoever.”

In 1967, in the results of the Six-Day War with Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Algeria, Israel defeated the forces of the Arab States and extended its territories. Particularly, Golan Heights were seized from Syria. Later, its eastern part was returned under the control of Damascus. In December 1981, the Knesset adopted the resolution on the spread of the Israeli jurisdiction over the captured part of heights.

Related: EU has no intentions to consider Golan Heights part of Israel

Earlier U.S. President Donald Trump signed the declaration on recognition of Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights territory.

In May 2018, the U.S. moved the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Thus, the White House recognized Jerusalem the capital city of Israel.

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