President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the United States of America for decisive rejection of the Russian annexation of Crimea and called for foreign policy partners to support the "Crimean Declaration" by the USA.
"I welcome Washington's historic statement on the non-recognition of the attempt at annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea by the Russian aggressor. This is a worthy response to the Kremlin's hybrid provocations after Helsinki. I am sincerely grateful to the Administration of President Donald Trump for an uncompromising position on supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine and its internationally recognized borders, "- said in a statement published on the official page of the head of state on Facebook on Wednesday evening, July 25.
Poroshenko expressed confidence that unequivocal statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the possession of Crimea "will save the Kremlin from imperial ambitions," and the territorial integrity of Ukraine will be restored.
"No matter how much time has passed, armed occupation and the illegal annexation of a part of a sovereign state ends in only one way, the liberation of the occupied territory, restoration of territorial integrity and compensation of all losses inflicted by the aggressor, " the President stressed.
Poroshenko added that the world community should move from a policy of non-recognition of the annexation to a policy of de-occupation of the peninsula.
"With a united front, we will force Russia to stop aggression and respect international law. Crimea is Ukraine! ", summed up the Ukrainian president.
As reported, on July 25, the US State Department promulgated a declaration of non-recognition by The United States of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed this document. The Head of State Department stressed that the US will not cancel the “Crimean package” of sanctions against Russia till the peninsula is returned to Ukraine.
During the Helsinki summit on July 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear that Russia did not intend to return the annexed Crimea. He also stated that his position regarding Crimea is the opposite of the position of US President Donald Trump.