Candidate for the post of US Secretary of State, former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of ExxonMobil from 2006 to 2016, Rex Tillerson, said he did not support the Russian occupation of Crimea. He said this in the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, where the hearing on confirmation of his appointment as the US Secretary of State was held, The Guardian reports.
He said he believes Russia took the territory which was not theirs.
"The taking of Crimea was an act of force. And so it required a proportional act, a proportional show of force,” he said.
"I think what Russian leadership would have understood is a powerful response that ‘yes, you took Crimea, but that stops right here,’" he added.
He also said earlier that Russia will be held account for its actions.