Disinfo: In 2014 the Crimean population realised the right to self-determination through a free and peaceful vote

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The Crimean population realised the right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter, through a free and peaceful vote that was held in accordance with all international standards.

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A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

This is a comment from Russia’s deputy permanent envoy Gennady Kuzmin on the updated and enhanced resolution condemning human rights abuses in Crimea, which was adopted by the Third Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on November 18.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russian electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine). No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

The European Union does not recognise Crimea's annexation and continues to condemn it as a violation of international law. EU sanctions continue to be in place against Russia as a consequence of the annexation. For the EU's statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here.

See similar cases claiming that Crimea reunited with Russia after a referendum on the peninsula, that The West understands very well that the Crimean issue has been finally resolved, that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine, that Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process, and that Crimea was and is Russian.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, illegal annexation, Crimean Tatars, War in Ukraine, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood

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