Russia should release all those who opposed the occupation of the Crimea. The US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert made a corresponding statement in her Twitter.

Heather Nauert noted that the Russian Federation should stop the persecution against the Crimean Tatars.

"Russia should end its campaign against the Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea and release all those imprisoned for opposing the occupation," Nauert wrote.

QHA reported that the US State Department called on Russia to release more than 60 Ukrainian political prisoners. Heather Nauert said that the US will never recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.