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Congressman calls Obama/Kerry position on Crimea 'demonstrably hypocritical'

U.S. lawmakers may seem united in opposition to Crimea's Sunday vote to secede from Ukraine, but a small minority in Congress says residents of the Black Sea peninsula have a right to join Russia if they wish.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a supporter of both the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia and Kosovo’s 2008 unilateral declaration of independence – which the U.S. government recognizes – says American policy on Crimea reeks of hypocrisy.

“Starting with our own American Revolution, groups of people have declared themselves, rightfully, to be under a different government or a government of their choosing,” he tells U.S. News. “People forget that’s what our Declaration of Independence is all about.”

Rohrabacher says the U.S. should recognize the results of the referendum. About 97 percent of the population voted to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia, from which the region was administratively transferred in 1954 by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.