Disinfo: Two top US officials say there is no prospect of returning Crimea to Ukraine


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said there is no historical prospect of Crimea returning to Ukraine.


This statement has no evidence. See a similar case that the US recognised Crimea as Russian.

This disinformation case spread in the context of a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ukraine. In addition to official meetings, he held informal meetings with Ukrainian activists. During a meeting with Crimean representatives, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the representative of the Crimean Tatar people Emine Dzheppar, asked the White House to keep annexed Crimea insight of US foreign policy and categorically denies that Pompeo said anything about the impossibility of returning Crimea to Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Ukraine also denied that Pompeo mentioned anything about Crimea being a lost cause.

Moreover, at a press briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pompeo emphasised that the United States of America will never recognise the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Pompeo also recalled that the United States fully supports the Crimea Declaration of 2018 on the non-recognition of the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Regarding the accusations that Robert O’Brien also made similar statements, there is no evidence to back-up these claims.

Read similar cases that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine and that Crimea is now recognised as an integral part of Russia.

Further debunking by Mythdetector.


  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Occupation, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements, Crimea, MH17


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