Disinfo: Crimea's reunification with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter

Summary

The reunification of the Crimean peninsula with Russia was the result of a legitimate referendum, which was in accordance with the UN Charter. It was a democratic process, during which the inhabitants of Crimea expressed their position.

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Recurring disinformation on referendum in Crimea. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity: http://bit.ly/2d9uXT9. UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo.

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  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Milorad Dodik, International Law, UN, Crimea, Referendum
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