Statement by the permanent representative of the United States to the UN, Nikki Haley of belonging of Crimea to Ukraine reflects the position of the US administration on this issue. This statement was made on Friday, February 3, at the briefing the press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer.
“I think the Ambassador Haley is a very clearly expressed our concern about the Russian occupation of Crimea. I think she spoke very clearly and definitely on this issue”, — said the representative of the White house.
2 February, speaking at a meeting of the UN security Council for the first time in the status of a permanent representative of the United States at the world organization, Haley said that restrictive measures against Russia could be lifted only if the return Crimea to Ukraine.
Permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, commenting on the statement of his American colleagues, he quoted the American Constitution. “It is impossible not to recall that the Constitution of the United States has made such remarkable historic words: “We the people”. The people of Crimea quite clearly expressed their will in the referendum,” — said the Russian diplomat.
Crimea joined Russia after the March 2014 referendum in which the vast majority of participants supported joining the Peninsula to Russia. Moscow stressed that the procedure conforms to the norms of international law, but Kiev refuses to recognize the election results. The Russian government has repeatedly called on the question of ownership of the Peninsula closed.