US delegation recognizes Crimean referendum as legitimate

US delegation recognizes Crimean referendum as legitimate
The peninsula joined Russia in 2014 Photo: Ura.ru

A US delegation of four arrived in the Crimea on September 5. During the visit, it is planned to assess the "real situation" on the peninsula.

The Crimean referendum was held legitimately. Such a statement was made by one of the members of the US delegation, Sylvia Demarest, who came to the peninsula.

“I’m a lawyer. I understand that what happened in the Crimea in 2014 was the legitimate will of people and the expression of the right to self-determination,” Demarest tells RIA Novosti. The head of the American organization Center for Civil Initiatives adds that she will report her US colleagues about this, Nation News pens. The American also noted that she does not believe that Crimea will ever again become Ukrainian, RT writes.

The US delegation of four arrived in the Crimea on September 5. During the visit, it is planned to assess the "real situation" on the peninsula.

Crimea joined the Russian Federation in March 2014 after a referendum held on the peninsula. The US Department of State and the European Union did not recognize the results as legitimate and imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation. Restrictive measures were extended in July 2018 for six months, RAPSI recalls. In response, the Russian State Duma passed a law on sanctions against the United States and some other unfriendly states, IA FlashSiberia writes.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean Government Dmitry Polonsky states that Washington refuses to recognize the Russian status of the Crimea since the annexation of the peninsula hit US ambitions, Russkaya Planeta adds.

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