DISINFO: The US reacted sharply to the annexation of the Crimea...
The US reacted sharply to the annexation of the Crimea because for the first time in history Russia independently interpreted international law.
The violation of international law is cannot be justified by its "alternative interpretation". Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations" (bit.ly/1rbGaE3), . The UN GA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum (bit.ly/1RZGnjo), .