Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine names necessary steps to return Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the diplomat, enhancement of anti-Russian sanctions helps to accelerate its de-occupation
11:42, 20 March 2019

William Taylor, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Vice-President of the U.S. Institute of Peace

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Vice-President of the U.S. Institute of Peace William Taylor named the steps of acceleration of Crimea’s de-occupation, as Ukrinform reported.

“Speaking of political prospective of Crimea’s return, Vice-President of the U.S. Institute of Peace noted that such precedent has already occurred, when the U.S. and the West did not recognize the annexation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union. Time has passed and everything’s back to normal – now these countries are EU and NATO member states,” the message says.

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“Therefore, we have to do the same, and consequently continue the policy of non-recognition of Crimea’s annexation,” he said.

The expert stressed that sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other Western countries have not suspend Russian aggression, yet it created problems for people close to Putin and influenced Russian economy.

“The international community has to keep Crimea’s issue in the priority list of its political agenda. Crimea is important not only for the people who live on the peninsula, Crimea is important for another part of Ukraine, and for the international community as well,” Teylor stated.

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