Western countries are willing to actually recognize the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation if Russian President Vladimir Putin withdraws his troops from the occupied areas of Donbass. This opinion was given by a Russian political expert Andrei Piontkovsky.
He stressed that Western leaders took an inert and defensive position in response to the aggressive policies of Putin, and the lifting of sanctions is linked only with implementation of the Minsk accords. But there is no word about Crimea.
Piontkovsky drew an analogy between Crimea and the Baltic States, occupied by the USSR in 1940. The West had not recognized that occupation for more than 50 years turning a blind eye to it.