The Russian ambassador in the U.S. responded to the statement of U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo about belonging of Crimea to Ukraine, inviting the representatives of the American administration to visit occupied peninsula as Russia’s Embassy to the U.S reported on Facebook.
“We drew attention to another reality-challenging statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo concerning Crimea. We would like to note that American authorities over the past six years have not still bothered to visit the peninsula and see the real state of affairs with their own eyes. On our part, we are ready to welcome official delegations comprised of administration representatives in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,” the message said.
They are sure that after the visit of occupied Crimea by the representatives of American authorities, ‘all concerns of Washington would be permanently resolved’.
"Over the past years, Crimea has been rapidly developing. The quality of life of the Crimean citizens has improved compared to this of the Ukrainian period,” the Russian diplomats stated.
The Russian ambassadors decided to reiterate the point announced by Russia since the end of 2014, after the illegal annexation of the peninsula, that Crimea is the part of their country.
The embassy supposes that the U.S. should focus efforts on the provision of the fulfillment of Minsk Agreements by Ukraine.
Earlier, U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo stated that the U.S. will never accept Russia's claims for sovereignty over the Ukrainian Crimea.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporarily occupied territory.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. In October 2015, then-President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.
The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. The West imposed a number of sanctions against Russia.
Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.