Crimean Tatar Resource Center

It's time for Russia to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine - Gilmore

10 July 2020

US Ambassador to the OSCE James Gilmore during his speech in Vienna said that the US are concerned about a new wave of illegal searches and detentions of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea for their pro-Ukrainian position. Gilmore once again demands from the Russian Federation to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine and stop the occupation of the peninsula.

Джеймс Гілмор Третій, посол США при Організації з безпеки і співпраці в Європі (ОБСЄ)

“We are worried about the news that on July 7 the occupying authorities conducted another round of mass searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in several cities on the peninsula. During these searches seven Crimean Tatar activists were arrested, apparently under the usual pretext of charges of the so-called terrorism put forward in revenge for their opposition to the Russian occupation”,- Gilmore said.

The ambassador emphasized that it is time for Russia to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine, end the occupation of Crimea and withdraw its troops and military equipment from eastern Ukraine and the Crimea.

In addition, the United States remain concerned about Russia's militarization of Crimea. Moscow transported aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons, missiles, other weapons, ammunition and military personnel to Crimea and increased its military presence in the Black and Azov Seas, including the Kerch Strait. Also, the Russian Federation called on almost 24 thousand young Crimeans to the Russian armed forces, which is incompatible with international humanitarian law.

“The United States fully support the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters. We do not recognize and will never recognize the alleged annexation of Crimea by Russia. We urge Russia to release all Ukrainians whom it has unjustly imprisoned”,- he added.

James Gilmore also added that the sanctions associated with Crimea will remain in force until Russia returns full control over the peninsula to Ukraine.