The United States of America will never recognize the Kremlin’s control over occupied Crimea. This is stated in the message of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine on Facebook, dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula.
The embassy called the so-called "referendum" on March 16, 2014 in Crimea illegal.
"The United States does not recognize and never recognize the Kremlin’s control over Crimea. During the visit of the U.S. Navy ship Donald Cook to Odesa, we expressed a clear position - the United States strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," the statement said.
We recall, Russia occupied Crimea after the illegal referendum on March 16, 2014. Ukraine does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, like most Western countries, which have imposed a number of political and economic sanctions against Russia.
Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that Russia will practically respond to the sanctions imposed on Russians by the USA and Canada. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reported this.
According to the comment, Washington and Ottava have been trying to pressure Russia “under forfeit pretexes” in order to impose sanctions on the Russian citizens and organizations.
“The restrictions are imposed as if due to the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, “unlawful” Crimea annexation and they added new groundless accusations of "unjustified use of armed forces” in the Kerch Strait”, - the report said.