The United States will never recognize Russia’s occupation and subsequent annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, and will seek to return Crimea under Ukraine’s control, even if it takes decades.

- It is obvious that the Crimea is a long-term problem and we come to deal with it respectively. Recently, we’ve celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Declaration of Welles, in which the United States did not recognize the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States in 1940. We have been upholding this position for many decades. I think that our approach towards Crimea will be the same, Michael Carpenter, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia said in an interview with "Voice of America."

Carpenter said that the annexation of Crimea is nothing more but an "attempt" since the US considers Russia’s actions in Crimea absolutely illegal.

- I pay attention to the word "attempt" as we do not see the legitimacy in Russia’s actions in Crimea, said Assistant Secretary. Ukraine's Parliament has declared February 20, 2014 the official date of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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