USA: Any talks with Russia will start with the Crimea


All Russia’s attempts to “finalize” the annexation of the Crimea does not alter the fact that the peninsula belongs to Ukraine.

This was announced by the U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Bayer during a telephone press conference in Brussels.

He assured that he will start every talk about security in the European region with the question of the return of the Crimea to Ukraine.

“No matter what kind of ‘gymnastic exercise’ the Kremlin uses while re-drawing the map, when Russian representatives would start talks on the future of European security, our position will remain the same: any talk of European security must begin with the issue of Crimea, as well as with the fact that Russia is trying to redraw borders by force of arms in the 21st century,” the ambassador said.

As Bayer said, he does not know the reasons why Russia puts the annexed Crimea into this or that federal district, but he is sure that these actions will affect the Russian taxpayers, who will have to pay a high price for Kremlin’s actions. He added that legally the Crimea still remains part of Ukraine, and this is a starting point for the policies of the United States and other Western countries.

Yesterday, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on liquidation of “the Crimean Federal District”, and including the occupied Crimea, and the city of Sevastopol into the Southern Federal District.