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Ukraine protests against the recognition of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea by Russia
18 March 2014 18:08

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute and categorical protest against the recognition by the Russian Federation of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea as a subject to international law.

Such actions of the Russian side do not correspond to the international commitments of the Russian Federation under multilateral and bilateral treaties that guarantee territorial integrity of Ukraine, inviolability and integrity of its borders, non-interference into our country’s internal affairs.

The independence of this structure was proclaimed by an illegitimate organ upon the results of an anti-constitutional referendum, held in blatant violations of democratic standards for such referendums that had been developed under the auspices of the OSCE and Council of Europe and constitute an integral part of the principles and values of these international organizations. By recognizing the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea as a “sovereign and independent state”, the Russian Federation has violated severely its obligations and commitments as a member state of these international organizations.

Recognition by Russia of the independence of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea has only one goal – to establish pseudo-legal foundations for the annexation of this part of tUkraine's territory and its incorporation into the Russian Federation.

But legal significance of that act under the conditions of an unprovoked armed aggression by Russia against Ukraine and the Russian military occupation of the Crimean peninsula is negligible. Modern international law does not recognise violent incorporation of a state’s territory as a legal way of its acquisition.

Ukraine and all civilized world will never recognise illegitimately proclaimed independence of Crimea and its violent separation from the territory of our country.

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