Ukraine's MFA expresses protest over Putin's visit to occupied Crimea
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine strongly protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to the occupied Crimea, saying it has not been coordinated with Ukraine.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit on August 4 to the territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, namely to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, which has not been agreed with Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement on August 6.
"Ukraine considers the visit and any so-called trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) a grave violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, cynical and demonstrative disregard by the Russian side of generally recognized principles and norms of international law, bilateral and multilateral obligations under contracts to which Ukraine and Russia are parties," Ukraine's ministry said.
In particular, this refers to the UN Charter and 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, and "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.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Putin on August 4 arrived in the annexed city of Sevastopol, where he visited Opera in Chersonesos music festival.