This was announced by Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner at a press briefing on May 25, Censor.NET informs.
"It was Russia who occupied illegally and remains in Crimea, so we do believe that Crimea should be returned to its rightful owner, if you will, which is Ukraine," Toner said, answering a question by a reporter whether the Department of State is concerned with Poroshenko's announcement of an intention to return Crimea and the Donbas.
"In terms of eastern Ukraine, we've been very clear that Russia and the separatists that it backs actively in eastern Ukraine need to comply with the commitments that they made under Minsk, which provides a path towards resolution of this ongoing conflict," Toner stressed.
The deputy spokesperson also reiterated the most recent statement by Secretary of State John Kerry the release of Nadiia Savchenko should provide impetus for complete implementation of the Minsk agreements.
"This includes a real, comprehensive, and sustained ceasefire in eastern Ukraine; full access for the OSCE to the area affected by the conflict; elections under Ukrainian law that meet OSCE standards and are monitored by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); the withdrawal of foreign forces and equipment; and the return to Ukraine of full control over its international border," Kerry said.
As reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said during the meeting with Nadiia Savchenko in Kyiv on Wednesday that Ukraine would return the Donbas and Crimea under Ukrainian sovereignty the same way it returned Savchenko.
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