"United States fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We seek the safety and security of all Ukrainians, regardless of language, religion or ethnicity. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s occupation and purported annexation of Crimea. Crimea-related sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine," Siders told the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Angelino Alfano.
She also said that Russian occupation authorities continued to harass and persecute Crimean Tatar activists with impunity. According to her, the ongoing raids on Tatar homes and villages this week resulted in several more activists arrested on trumped-up charges.
The U.S. diplomat reiterated that America joined its European and other partners in restating that the sanctions against Russia for its aggression in eastern Ukraine will remain until Russia fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements.
"Colleagues, each week in this Council, we hear from the Russian Federation that this conflict is tantamount to a so-called Ukrainian “civil war.” We all know the truth – the brutal war in Donbas is fomented and perpetuated by Russia. If Russia truly wants a peaceful resolution of this conflict, it will stop undercutting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," she said.