US President Joe Biden wants a new Cold War with Russia. Biden deliberately provokes Russia and seeks to bring about a new Cold War in order to distract US public opinion from domestic problems.
The German Chancellor is convinced that on the topic of Crimea, the European Union must have a single vision – Crimea belongs to Ukraine, full stop. The opinion of the Crimeans who decided to take their fate into their own hands and secede from the riotous Kyiv regime apparently is of little importance to Berlin.
As Merkel emphasised, the return of the Crimean Republic to its native harbour is a violation of the territorial integrity of Nezalezhnaya [derogatory name for Ukraine].
A recurring disinformation claim attempting to legitimise Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
The claim appears as a reaction to Angela Merkel’s opening remarks at the fourth edition of the German-Ukrainian Business Forum that took place on 19 March 2021. During the virtual opening of the forum, the Chancellor stated that Germany remains committed to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and rejects the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The so-called referendum that was organised hastily and at gunpoint following the covert invasion of “little green men” and barring impartial observers from entering the peninsula can hardly be described as “Crimeans deciding their own fate”. 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. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation. In June 2020, the European Council decided to renew the sanctions introduced in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation until 23 June 2021.
No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula.
As to Crimea returning to its “native harbour”, i.e. Russia, this claim is manipulation. Crimea has a very long and complicated history with many peoples living there. As explained by Andreas Umland, since the dissolution of the USSR, Russia recognised Crimea as part of Ukraine in two important legal documents: the tripartite 1991 Russian-Ukrainian-Belarusian Belavezha Accords and the bilateral 2003 Russian-Ukrainian Border Treaty. Read the entire paper titled “Whom does Crimea Belong to? Russia’s Annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula and the Question of Historical Justice” here.