U.S. reminds Russia that sanctions will remain in place until Crimea returns to Ukraine

On the seventh anniversary of Russia's occupation of Crimea, the United States Department of State calls on Moscow to return control of the peninsula to Ukraine, end its aggression in Donbas and release all political prisoners.

This was said in a statement by United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on February 25, Ukrinform reports.

“We affirm the basic truth: Crimea is Ukraine... We call on Russia to immediately end its occupation of Crimea, release all Ukrainian political prisoners it unjustly holds, and return full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We likewise call on Russia to end its aggression in eastern Ukraine. U.S. sanctions on Russia in response to its aggression in eastern Ukraine and seizure of Crimea will remain in place unless and until Russia reverses course. The United States does not, and will never, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea,” Blinken said.

The United States welcomes Ukraine’s new initiative, the Crimean Platform, and looks forward to continuing to work with Ukraine and our allies and partners to end Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and aggression in eastern Ukraine.

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