Together with allies, partners and the international community, the United States reject Russia's attempt to annex the Crimea and promise to support this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.
Probably, this should somehow frighten the Russians, because without American recognition (and in the USA they firmly believe in it!) Not a single question is solved in the world. Now, Putin will surely get scared and immediately return the Crimea!
But for some reason, not at all scary. And that's why…
In 1940, the United States adopted the Welles Declaration, the content of which was about the same: the United States refused to recognize the seizure of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union. This declaration existed until the collapse of the USSR and in no way prevented the United States from cooperating with Moscow when it was necessary or profitable for them.
Yes, with the current declaration of Welles, the USA rendered great assistance to the USSR during the Second World War, maintained diplomatic relations with the USSR, sold wheat and some engineering products, flew together into space (Soyuz - Apollon), conducted hockey "super series" and by and large, they behaved as correctly as possible with respect to the sworn ideological enemy.
That is, for all these decades, the said declaration was only a “fig in the pocket,” which was brought to light only in the rarest cases. And it is highly likely that the new “Crimean Declaration” will be a tool at about the same level of efficiency and commitment.
On the other hand, there is a positive effect from it: now in the Russian media there will be less analytical materials devoted to the upcoming division of Ukraine and its possible transfer to the Russian zone of influence. Some political scientists and publicists were still fond of shy hopes of such a suddenly favorable outcome, but now, it seems, we will all be looking a little more realistically at things.
The likelihood of active use of this declaration is also very small because it is primarily a tool of domestic political struggle in the United States itself. Trump is trying at all costs to get rid of the accusations of excessive "Kremlinophilia", and the appearance of such a declaration, which has no legal weight, is a good PR move for him. Therefore, it is much more likely that this paper will often shake on American political talk shows than on bilateral Russian-American talks.
Nevertheless, the Russian Foreign Ministry in the person of its special representative, Maria Zakharova, has already commented on the appearance of this document.
But the Joint Action Plan on the Iranian nuclear program and the Paris Climate Agreement have also recently been the official US policy. Personally, Obama decided so. And then Trump took and decided. We know the price of these “momentous” declarations.
That is, our Foreign Ministry does not give up hope for more radical changes in bilateral relations. Or maybe it’s quite familiar to the trolling of “partners”: if Trump needs to be shown how he doesn’t like Russia, then why shouldn’t we show that Trump is “not very” for us and we don’t believe in the firmness making?
One way or another, we should firmly grasp one thing: we should not expect serious concessions from the Americans. So far they are trading not with their own interests, but only with hints that they can somehow sacrifice these interests.
On the other hand, it would not hurt us to somehow respond to such unheard-of audacity. And at the same time to expand the negotiation field ...
Probably, it would be worthwhile for us to start breaking off diplomatic relations with Ukraine and declare the recognition of the Kiev regime a mistake. Then make a similar declaration: they say, we will never recognize the leadership of Ukraine and the state itself, while the fascists will sit in the Ukrainian parliament.
And then think about the sanctions list. About what the Americans for Cuba have developed. That is total and indefinite, with sanctions against companies investing in Ukraine, and even individuals and politicians.
And then in exchange for the recognition of the Crimea Russian, we can also trade in declarations, and not the real interests of the country.