The United States does not agree with the statements of the Russian authorities that the issue of Crimea annexation is closed and should not be discussed, Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations stated during his interview to Politico magazine.

“I have brought up Crimea. I have brought up Crimea, and the Russians say, “We’re not going to talk about Crimea.” It’s just important to put down the marker that we disagree on this,” Volker informed.

He went on saying that the “difference between Crimea and Donbas is almost nonexistent - this is a Russian invasion, a Russian occupation of territory,” Special Representative told.

“The Minsk Agreements were designed to deal only with the conflict in the east, and that is the one also where there is active fighting going on. So, on average, a Ukrainian soldier is killed about every three days now, inside Ukrainian territory, defending the country. So, it’s a very hot conflict there. That is not the case with Crimea today. Now, we don’t accept Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea and its claimed annexation, but if we can make progress on the other one—on the Donbas—we should do it,” Volker stated.

Earlier, Kurt Volker stated that the US President Donald Trump intends to achieve piece in Ukraine, and wants Ukraine to restore the territory control.