EVP of USIP Taylor: Keep International Pressure on Russia
The Executive Vice President of the United States Institute for Peace, William Taylor, says that the world needs to keep up, and increase, the pressure on Russia over the illegal occupation of Crimea
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The illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea was the topic of the conference “Crimea After Five Years of Russian Occupation” which was held in Washington, DC on March 19, 2019.
The former US ambassador to Ukraine, and the current Executive Vice President of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), William Taylor spoke with a Ukrinform correspondent.
He expressed the view that the illegal annexation of Crimea poses a problem not only for Ukraine but for the entire world community. To speed up the peninsula’s de-occupation, the consistency of international policy should be maintained and more sanctions against Russia should be imposed.
“Crimea should remain a top-priority issue on the political agenda of the international community. Crimea is important not only for people who lived and currently live on the peninsula. Crimea is important for another part of Ukraine and for the international community,” Taylor said.
He also pointed out that Russia violated the norms and standards that had kept the peace in Europe after World War II, with the civil war in the former Yugoslavia being the major exception to the peace.
According to Taylor, the norms that kept the peace were destroyed when Russia invaded Crimea.
He also stressed that the sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western countries had a certain effect, though they did not fully stop the Russian aggression. Still, he believes that the sanctions should be strengthened.
As for the political prospects for restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea, he noted that a similar precedent had already occurred when the United States and the West had not recognized the annexation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union. Now these countries are members of NATO and the European Union.
“Therefore, we must act in the same way and consistently pursue the policy of non-recognition of the Russian annexation of Crimea,” Taylor said.