Disinfo: The UN recognises the Russian Crimea

Summary

The member of the Russian delegation to the UN, representing Crimea, was officially accredited to participate in the UN Minority Forum. Thus, the UN recognises the Russian Crimea.

Disproof

The disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its progressive recognition in the world is recurrent. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014 amid the presence of Russian troops. The UNGA adopted resolution 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. For the EU's statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, see here. Member of the delegation of the pro-Russian representatives of the annexed Crimea, the State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek, spoke in Geneva on November 29 at the 12th session of the Minority Forum of the UN Human Rights Council. However, it doesn't confirm that the UN recognises the Russian Crimea. Ukrainian delegation in the UNMF stated that "the Russian Federation continues to use all possible procedural barriers to circumvent the UN resolutions, which directly and unequivocally affirm the illegality of Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea, and at least try to "illuminate" any collaborators in the Crimea as representatives of the Russian Federation, and thus try to legitimise their crime of occupying part of the territory of Ukraine." It was also confirmed that the co-chairmen of the Forum acknowledged that this position had been communicated very clearly and assured that it would be properly reflected in the official reports. The borders of Ukraine, including Crimea, were recognised and guaranteed after its independence in 1991 by international agreements, some of which were signed by Russia itself. Read the debunk of the historical disinformation narrative "Crimea has been always Russian".

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  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: United Nations, illegal annexation, Crimea
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Disproof

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