On May 5, American Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russia had violated fundamental principles of international law. Speaking in the Warsaw Public Library, he pointed out a fake referendum and an attempt of Crimean annexation, the deployment of heavy weapons and thousands of militaries along the international borders, support of the separatists controlled by Moscow.
According to Blinken, such actions violate 'the principle that the state’s borders and territorial integrity cannot be changed by force; that the integral right of citizens in a democratic society is the approval of their country’s future; that all the members of the international community are linked by common rules and must pay for the non-fulfillment of certain obligations.'
'These principles go beyond Ukraine, beyond Europe. These are fundamental rules, which are the basis of international order that we try to build, keep, and change if necessary. By denying them, Russia is eager to disjoin our transatlantic alliance, to smash our unity and contribute to the collapse of democratic states,' the US official said.
He confirmed that the US support of Ukraine was constant and anti-Russian sanctions should remain in force up to the moment of its full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Ukraine and the West have been accusing Russia of supporting pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas and annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. Moscow denies all the accusations saying that there are no Russian militaries in the Donbas, but 'volunteers' only. And the occupation of Crimea is 'restoration of historical justice.'