Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) strongly protests against Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's recent visit to Ukraine's Crimea, which is occupied by Russia, saying it is a gross violation of international law.
Medvedev is reported to have visited Crimea on July 28-29.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry says it has "repeatedly stressed the inadmissibility of unauthorized visits of Russian officials to the sovereign territory of our state in its internationally recognized borders, which includes the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol," the ministry said in a statement available to UNIAN.
Ukrainian diplomats emphasize that Medvedev's visit to Crimea is a gross violation of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, cynical and demonstrative disregard by the Russian side of universally recognized norms of international law, obligations under bilateral and multilateral treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties. Among the documents mentioned are the UN Charter, resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" A/Res/68/262 of March 27, 2014, "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" A/Res/71/205 of December 19, 2016, "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine" A/Res/72/190 of December 19, 2017.
"The Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are integral parts of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders, which is recognized by the entire international community, which has repeatedly assessed the internationally wrongful act of the Russian Federation by adoption the relevant resolutions of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other international organizations, as well as imposing sanctions against the occupying state," the Ukrainian diplomats stressed.