The American bill banning Russia’s recognition of sovereignty over Crimea is absurd and only imitates “Russia’s punishment,” Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives supported a bill prohibiting the US federal authorities from recognizing Russian sovereignty over Crimea. The document was named “Law on non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea.”
According to Panina, the bill is absurd, contrary to common sense. “Who are they going to ban – the State Department, the Pentagon, which are almost entirely staffed by” hawks “? This is a kind of shot into the void with only one purpose – to continue to generate information noise and imitate” Russia’s punishment, “Panina said.
In reality, the United States has exhausted the limit of sanctions pressure on Russia and is very sensitive to the fact that their sanctions have not achieved their goal, said Panina. As for disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT system and other steps that could call into question the stability of world finances, then, according to the deputy, this is an issue beyond the competence of the American authorities.
“Congressmen will have to get used to the fact that it is useless to threaten Russia. You can only negotiate with Russia, and negotiate on equal terms. The United States has long been unable to play the role of a ‘world gendarme’ inspiring awe to other participants in international relations,” the agency’s interlocutor believes.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of the voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”