Apparently Sec State Pompeo doesn’t know that the Crimea has been a part of Russia since Catherine the Great beat the Ottoman Empire in 1783 and they gave over the property for good. It is an integral part of Russia and except for some perfidy by various parties involving invasion or force of some kind hasn’t been anything besides Russian.
It is true that the Soviets took it over from Russia, yet it remained Russian even though the Nazi’s tried to wrest it away. The U.S. government is really bullshitting the issue, and of course they have the power for that. It is just wrong headed. Does the Sec State intend to restore Alaska to Russia too and dishonor the sale by the Tsar?