Return of the annexed Crimea to Ukraine will not be possible in the coming years, according to the US State Department Coordinator for sanctions policy against Russia Daniel Fried.
“In the medium term it is impossible to re-attach Crimea to Ukraine. It will take much more time,” he said as quoted by the Polish Radio.
Fried is sure that all the sanctions against Russia must be saved, and the position of the International community should not relent.
“Without sanctions against Russia and with the divided West, which does not object to Putin, the situation in Ukraine might will be much worse,” he said.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian State Duma called on the Iranian Parliament to recognize the annexed Crimea Russian territory.
March 16, 2014, the unconstitutional referendum on self-determination was held in the Russian-captured Crimea; the world community did not recognize the referendum. March 18, the RF President Putin signed the so-called agreement on the inclusion of Crimea into the Russian Federation.
March 27, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution according to which the referendum in Crimea was recognized illegitimate and "has no power thus can not be the basis for changing the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol."