It all started when White House strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said kyiv would decide for itself what a victory in Crimea should look like. He also called the Black Sea peninsula part of Ukraine, writes RIA Novosti.
Philip Giraldi responded by telling the reporter that “the White House, in the person of Kirby, demonstrated in these words his extremely poor knowledge of history.”
At the same time, the former intelligence officer said that until 1954 Crimea was part of Russia. And it was annexed to the empire by Catherine the Great in the 18th century. Since then, the peninsula “has always been Russian,” Giraldi said.
The American journalist Napolitano was extremely surprised by Giraldi’s words and asked in amazement: “Was Crimea part of Russia for 300 years?”
“Yes,” replied the scout.