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 "Any conversation about future of European security will have to start with Crimea," - US ambassador to OSCE

Russia's aspirations to legalize the annexation of Crimea do not change the fact that Crimea is Ukraine, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer said during a telephonic press briefing in Brussels.

According to him, the issue of reinstating Crimea as part of Ukraine will be a starting point of any conversation about the future of European security, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

"No matter what kinds of gymnastics the Kremlin goes through in order to redraw spaces on a map. A point that we've made here when Russian representatives say they want to have a conversation about the future of European security, is that any conversation about the future of European security will have to start with Crimea. It will have to start with Russia's attempt to redraw borders by force in the 21st century," the ambassador said.

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Baer notes he is hardly aware of what is behind the move to incorporate Crimea into some other district of the Russian Federation. At that he is sure that the Russian taxpayers pay the enormous cost that this illegal action incurs. The ambassador added that despite these attempts of the Kremlin, Crimea still legally remains part of Ukraine, and it is the stance of the United States and other Western countries.

In addition, Baer dwelt on the issue of settling the conflict in the Donbas, noting that Russia should back its statements about peace with concrete actions, above all - the implementation of the Minsk agreements in terms of returning the part of the border in the Donbas under Ukraine's control.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n399689