VIENNA (QHA) -

The United States urges Russia to return control over Crimea to Ukraine, the US Charge d'Affaires at OSCE Harry Kamian stated on September 27, in Vienna (Austria).

He noted that the United States stand for the support of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and would remove sanctions from the Russian Federation only when Moscow returns full control over the Crimea to Ukraine.

“United States again calls upon Russia to end its campaign of repression in occupied Crimea and return control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine. The United States is resolute in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea, and Crimea-related sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine. We join our European and other partners in restating that our sanctions against Russia for its aggression in eastern Ukraine will remain until Russia fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements," Kamian said as cited by the press service of the US mission at the OSCE.

The Charge d'Affaires of the USA at the OSCE emphasized that Russia had delayed hundreds of commercial vessels heading to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait for extended periods.

“The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping and supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.”

The United States called on Russia to "cease its harassment of international commerce and shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.”
 
Earlier, Kurt Volker, a US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiation, said that the United States would not accept violent seizure of territories under any circumstances and would not agree with the fact that one state could invade the territory of another.
 
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