The USA will undoubtedly show its reaction, if the Russian Federation tries to annex new territories of Ukraine. Washington will also continue to impose sanctions on proxy officials and take other measures to prevent such annexation from ever being recognized in the future. This was stated by the US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink in an interview with Radio Svoboda.
"This is something we are watching closely. And this is what we think needs to be answered. It is outrageous that Russia tries to annex the territory of Ukraine. But this is not unexpected", said Brink.
She recalled the annexation of Crimea in 2014. According to Brink, the Russian Federation now uses the same technique.
"We see that in Kherson and other parts of Ukraine, which are currently occupied by Russia, they try to issue passports, demand the Russian language in schools and administrations, and install proxy leaders in these administrations. This is outrageous and does not comply with international law", the ambassador added.
Brink emphasized that the US position is to simultaneously draw attention to the problem and make sure that American partners and allies know about it, and then take steps if Russia does decide to annex.
"We will continue to impose sanctions against proxy officials and take other measures that will prevent such annexation from ever being recognized in the future", Brink assured.