The United States of America has condemned the start of the construction of Russian warships in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea. Russia's actions were called a violation of international norms.
The corresponding statement was released by the US Embassy in Ukraine.
American diplomats stressed that this is not the first violation of international norms by the Russian Federation.
вЂњRussia's unauthorized construction of warships on sovereign Ukrainian territory, which it seized by force, once again violates international norms,вЂќ the report says.
The Embassy also said that sanctions against Russia will remain in force until Russia returns control of the Peninsula to Ukraine and withdraws its troops from the Donbas.
As you know, after Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and the start of hostilities in the Donbas, dozens of countries, including the United States, imposed economic sanctions against Russia. Since then, the sanctions have been extended every year.
Recall that today Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the city of Kerch in the occupied Crimea to take part in the ceremony of laying warships for the Russian Navy. The event was to take place at the Gulf shipbuilding plant, from where Putin would also contact Russian shipbuilding complexes вЂ” Sevmash in Severodvinsk and Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg-via teleconference.
In addition, we recall that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry protested in connection with the next visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the occupied Crimea, which was not coordinated with Ukraine.