The US State Department has promised to make every effort to return Crimea under Ukraine’s control, Joshua Baker, the Speaker of the US State Department, told in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

- I want to remind you that in a telephone conversation with President Putin the President Obama said that the US does not recognize Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation. We do not accept redrawing of borders by force in the XXI century, and sanctions against Russia will be valid as long as the occupation lasts, said Baker.

He said that by annexing Crimea the Russian Federation has violated the international law and assured that the US will support Ukraine's efforts to regain the peninsula.

- We believe the illegal seizure of Crimea is a flagrant violation of the international law, and we will do everything possible to make Russia give back Crimea to Ukraine and Ukrainian people, said the Speaker of the US State Department.

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