US does not intend to recognize the election to the State Duma of Russia in the occupied territory of Crimea. This is stated in the declaration of the US State Department.
"The United States does not recognize the legitimacy and will not recognize the results of Russian State Duma elections scheduled for September 18 in the Russian-occupied Crimea territory. Our position is clear regarding Crimean peninsula. It remains an integral part of Ukraine", - said in a statement.
The State Department noted that the sanctions in connection with the Crimea against Russia will remain until "Russia will not return the control of Crimea to Ukraine".
"We also remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Crimea, including the situation of the Crimean Tatar people", - noted in the State Department.
Earlier Klimkin said that Ukraine may withdraw the delegation from PACE in the case of recognition of the elections in Crimea.
As previously reported, on September 8 Verkhovana Rada adopted a resolution which called on the parliaments of the world not to recognize the elections to the State Duma in Crimea.