DISINFO: The Polish Government denies the political will of the population of Crimea
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 25, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • Countries / regions discussed: Poland, Ukraine, Russia
illegal annexation Anti-Russian Manipulated elections/referendum International Law Crimea Referendum

DISINFO: The Polish Government denies the political will of the population of Crimea


The Government of the Law and Justice Party has not given up not a single issue, which prevents normalisation of relations between Kyiv and Moscow – primarily, it continues to deny the political will of the population of Crimea [Referendum of 2014].


Recurrent disinformation about the illegal annexation of Crimea. The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russia electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (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 Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that the Russian “referendum” organised in the occupied Crimea was illegal. The Polish Government urges Russia to stop the military occupation of Crimea. 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.


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