Volker hands over Poroshenko copy of declaration on non-recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, during which the latter handed over a symbolic printed copy of the declaration by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated July 25, 2018, which envisages clear and unequivocal position of the United States regarding the non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by the Russian Federation.
"In that declaration, Secretary of State Pompeo said that the United States does not and will not accept Russia's annexation of Crimea," Volker said and solemnly presented a copy of the declaration to the president of Ukraine during their meeting in the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, according to the president's press service.
Volker added that this declaration is similar in spirit and letter to the declaration issued in 1940 by then-Acting Secretary of State of the United States Sumner Welles regarding the U.S. non-recognition of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States.
The president thanked Volker for such a symbolic step and for the clear and consistent U.S. policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by the Russian Federation.