Ukrainian President Zelensky and US Secretary of State Blinken discussed “sovereignty” over Crimea
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed sovereignty “of Ukraine over Crimea during a telephone conversation. This was reported in the American State Department, RIA Novosti reports.
“Blinken stressed his unwavering support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression,” the department said. It is also indicated that the conversation took place before the virtual summit of the leaders of Russia and the United States.
The statement says that Blinken and Zelensky agreed on the need for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the conflict in Donbass, as well as “the full restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty over the international recognized borders, including Crimea. ”
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of the region's residents who voted supported such a decision. Ukraine, the EU countries and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia an annexation. The Russian authorities reject these charges and insist that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.