'We will not allow to redraw borders in Europe with the use of military force,' - John Kirby
According to 112 UA, US Department of State welcomed the EU Council decision to extend sanctions against Crimea, told a daily briefing the State Department spokesman John Kirby.
'We welcome the EU's decision to continue the sanctions imposed in response to the Crimea annexation. US sanctions against the Crimea will not be canceled as long as there is continued Russian occupation. We are encouraged by the fact that our friends and allies in the EU have taken such a decision.' - said Kirby.
He stressed that Crimea is a part of Ukraine. 'We will not allow to redraw borders in Europe with the use of military force. We insist and urge Russia to immediately stop the occupation,' Kirby said.
The Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014. Since then, the peninsula has been administered as the de facto Crimean Federal District, constituting two Russian federal subjects—the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The annexation followed a military intervention by Russia in Crimea, which took place in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and was part of wider unrest across southern and eastern Ukraine.