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Every once in a while the Russians surprise with a truthful observation – in this case, the admission that Russia and the West  “live in a different reality” i.e. Russia’s alternate reality is a real state of mind in Russia. SECSTATE Pompeo’s Crimea Declaration was needless to say very poorly received by Muscovy. Conflicting polls on POTUS post-Helsinki – in his support base being subject to Russian humiliation may have simply elicited more sympathy for him. Blowback items one and two, no doubt we will see more in the near future.

Russia reacts to US Declaration on Crimea –

The representatives of Russia’s Embassy in the U.S. stated that the partners “live in a different reality”. Russia reacted to the U.S. “Crimea Declaration” stating that it doubts its life-changing nature, as Maria Zakharova, the Spokesperson of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, wrote on Facebook. In particular, Zakharova claimed the uncertainty of the American foreign policy reminding about the situation with the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris Agreement. As she wrote, the decision Obama made was “re-decided” by Trump. “We are aware of the cost of such “life-changing declarations,” she concluded. Russian Embassy in the US commented the declaration stating that the current document “does not comprise anything new”. “The State Secretary delivers statements and declarations on Crimea quarterly. We did not find out anything new. We have just confirmed that the partners live in a different reality. They are trying to operate with the international legal acts which comprise provisions on peoples’ right to self-determination, which were the basis of Crimea’s return to Russia in 2014,” the representatives of the U.S. Embassy stated. Earlier, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, stated that the U.S. would never recognize Crimea’s annexation and would continue insisting on the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Crimea Declaration

Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, agreed to this principle in the United Nations Charter, pledging to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. This fundamental principle — which was reaffirmed in the Helsinki Final Act — constitutes one of the foundations upon which our shared security and safety rests. As we did in the Welles Declaration in 1940, the United States reaffirms as policy its refusal to recognize the Kremlin’s claims of sovereignty over territory seized by force in contravention of international law. In concert with allies, partners, and the international community, the United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored. The United States calls on Russia to respect the principles to which it has long claimed to adhere and to end its occupation of Crimea. As democratic states seek to build a free, just, and prosperous world, we must uphold our commitment to the international principle of sovereign equality and respect the territorial integrity of other states. Through its actions, Russia has acted in a manner unworthy of a great nation and has chosen to isolate itself from the international community.

U.S. Issues ‘Crimea Declaration’ Reaffirming Rejection Of Russia’s Annexation

The United States announced a formal policy reaffirming its rejection of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasting Moscow for seeking “to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states.”

UK supports US declaration condemning the illegal annexation of Crimea – GOV.UK

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today (26 July) reiterated the US stance against Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Russian annexation of Crimea violates norms of international law: German FM | UNIAN

Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas says Russia’s annexation of Crimea violates the norms of international law. Germany will continue to clearly emphasize this fact.

Italy does not recognize annexation of Crimea by Russia | UNIAN

Italy does not recognize the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by Russia. Sanctions were imposed on Russia over the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Donbas in 2014.

Ukraine’s President comments on US statement on Crimea’s annexation, – Poroshenko reacts to US statement on Crimea’s annexation –

He expressed gratitude to Trumps’ Administration for “uncompromising position concerning the support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the internationally recognized borders”

MFA Ukraine praises U.S. stance on Crimea – news about politics

Ukraine has welcomed the Crimean Declaration issued by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasizing U.S. non-recognition of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, according to the MFA Ukraine press service. “I want to see Crimea under Ukraine flag,” Ukraine’s top diplomat says.

US won’t recognize Crimea annexation; Trump-Putin II delayed

President Trump will hold off until next year due to an investigation into Russian interference, adviser says.

Pompeo Reaffirms Rejection Of Russia’s Annexation Of Crimea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed during his testimony before a Senate committee on July 25 a formal U.S. policy rejecting Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Pompeo said there will be “no relief” for Moscow from sanctions imposed by the United States after the attempted annexation “until Russia returns control of the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine.”

Trump Looking To Meet Putin In 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to meet at the White House with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019 — sometime after the Justice Department’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presi…

Pompeo fights back after GOP Sen. Corker hits Trump for ‘purposeful’ sowing of ‘doubt and distrust’ | Fox News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a firm line on Russia during an at-times incendiary Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Pompeo hearing gets heated over what Trump told Putin – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 25, 2018 Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) questions Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about President Trump’s private meeting with Vladimir Putin.

GOP Sen. Corker to Pompeo: Trump concerns us – YouTube

CNN Published on Jul 25, 2018 Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) asks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Trump’s public comments to US allies.

Trump approval rating: President approval at highest level since taking office |

President Trump’s quarterly approval rating has reached its highest levels since he took office, a new poll shows.

Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Drops Below 40 Percent, Popularity Dips After Putin Summit in Helsinki

Trump’s popularity might’ve suffered after his summit with Putin.

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Americans Don’t Think Trump Is Tough Enough On Russia : NPR

Nearly two-thirds said the president has been too lax on Russia, and almost half of Republicans agreed. Most Americans also believe Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

Obstacles mount for quick action on Russia sanctions | TheHill

Legislation that would slap new financial penalties on Russia is running into a familiar obstacle: congressional inertia. Obstacles mount for quick action on Russia sanctions

American Racists Look for Allies in Russia

Pro-Trump hate groups are praising Russia and its ‘macho’ leader after the president’s summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.