“The US does not and will never recognize Russia’s annexation of the peninsula,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price reiterated.
He stressed that the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 is “a clear violation of international law, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
At the same time, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan did not answer the question of whether the Joe Biden administration would support Ukraine if it decides to return Crimea by military means.
“What will ultimately happen to Crimea in the context of this war and its settlement is for the Ukrainians to decide, with the support of the United States,” he told CNN.
“But I’m just not going to get into hypothetical questions,” he continued, “because today we’re dealing with a counteroffensive in the east, in the south [of Ukraine], and we have to give the Ukrainians the tools for this war. And we’re doing it.”
The representative of the State Department did not go into forecasts for the future. “War is unpredictable,” Sullivan replied in response to a reporter’s question about how long it could last.