The US State Department’s statement on Crimea is interference in Russia’s affairs and encroachment on its legitimate territories, the head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuriy Hempel, said
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“The US continues to produce meaningless and historically illiterate statements about returning Russian Crimea, Russia’s historical territory, to Ukraine’s control. Everyone in the world is well aware that the peninsula was Russian and became part of Ukraine by mistake. And if the USA is so hungry for historical and territorial justice, we can set an example for the entire world and return Russia its historical possessions in North America – Alaska”, – he said.