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No US president will ever recognize annexation of Crimea, says Poroshenko

"We have a clear position: nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine."

No US president will ever recognize annexation of Crimea, says Poroshenko
Petro Poroshenko
Photo: Photo: president.gov.ua

President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that the US will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.

"I have never doubted that no American president, including Donald Trump, will ever recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea," Ukrainian president said in an interview with Sky News on 20 April.

Poroshenko recalled the Budapest Memorandum, according to which the United States, Great Britain, France and Russia have guaranteed the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The president also noted that for a long time both Ukraine had a bipartisan support in the US.

"There is no doubt that the status of the global leader that the US occupies cannot be maintained without a clear position on Ukraine," Poroshenko said.

He recalled that he several times spoke with Trump on the phone and met with the US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rax Tillerson.

"We have a clear position: nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine, it was my message at the Munich conference, and we have received support from partners," the president said.

In February, Trump said that Russia had annexed the Ukrainian Crimea because of the "softness" of former President Barack Obama.

Previously, the White House said that Trump expects that Russia will return the annexed Crimea to Ukraine and contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Donbas. In response, the Russian Federation Council stated that the demand to return the peninsula is as impossible as if Russia demanded that the United States return Alaska.