The Kremlin commented on US President Joe Biden’s statements saying that Washington would never recognize Crimea as Russian.
On February 26, the American leader said that “the United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s alleged annexation of the peninsula” and promised to continue working to hold Moscow accountable “for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine.”
“It is really impossible to recognize the annexation of Crimea, and no one talks about annexation because it never happened. There was a clear and impeccable set of legal actions, there was no annexation, and there is no need to recognize it,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on March 1.
According to him, it is important only to recognize the fact that Crimea reunited with Russia.
Earlier in February, the deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Bobkov, commenting on Biden’s statements, advised the American leader not to make a vow and to drop the word “never”.
According to Alexander Molokhov, head of the working group for international legal issues at the Permanent Mission of Crimea to the Russian President, U.S. officials behave like zombies, “droning on and on about the same mantra.
Crimea became part of Russia in a 2014 referendum. 96.77% of the region’s residents and 95.6% of voters in Sevastopol voted in favor of accession. The procedure was conducted in strict compliance with international law. However, Kiev still considers the peninsula its temporarily occupied territory. Moscow argued that the issue of the entity’s belonging was closed forever.