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US congressmen pledge firm position on Crimea

"Russia must pay a high price for the occupation of the peninsula and return everything to its proper place."

US congressmen pledge firm position on Crimea
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The members of the US Congress, who have strongly advocated the non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its return under Ukrainian control, will retain a strong position in the future.

"Sanctions against Russia should not be abolished, they should be strengthened," Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio said during an expert discussion in the Congress "Crimea: a reflection of three years of Russian occupation."

The congressman stressed that he and his colleagues, who support Ukraine in the House of Representatives, "will continue to hold a firm position against Russia amid its aggression in the region."

"We do this not only for the sake of the security and stability of our partners and allies in the region, but also for the security of the American people," the member of the US House of Representatives stressed.

In this regard, Chabot recalled that the bill of the HR 463 "Act on the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea" was reintroduced for the consideration the lower house.

"Our duty is never to allow this change of borders, especially now, at the present time of change," Chabot stressed.

The Republican stressed that Russia should pay a high price for the occupation of the peninsula and return everything to its places. All the NATO member states, the European Union and the free world share this position, Chabot assured.

In March, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said the US would support Ukraine in countering Russian aggression.