US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo explained why it is inappropriate to compare the current situation with Israel and the Golan Heights with the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.
“There can be no more different situations than these,” Michael Pompeo said at a hearing in the US Senate, writes DW.
He stressed that the RF annexed the Crimea, although there was no threat from Ukraine, and Israel captured the Golan Heights, defending itself from the Syrian attack. Pompeo is convinced that the seizure of the Golan Heights was necessary for “further protection” from the Syrian regime. “Russia did not defend itself. Russia has chosen a moment to grab the territory from the people, which did not represent any threat to it “, he added.
Recall that on March 25, US President Donald Trump officially recognized the Golan Heights as the territory of Israel by signing the relevant declaration. The EU reported that they did not recognize the Golan Heights as the territory of Israel, despite the decision of the United States. Dealing with the issue of the Golan Heights Ukraine is guided by the UN Charter and the decisions of the UN Security Council, the last of which defines this territory as occupied by Israel. The Golan Heights is a controversial area contested between Syria and Israel.