Violence took over Minsk and most Belarusian cities since August 9. Provokers, well organised and directed by TV stations Nexta Live and Nexta, created by Poland, have been transmitting from Warsaw and the Lithuanian capital Vilnius instructions to their leaders both foreigners and Belarusians, informing them on police movements, especially on counter-riot forces, and giving them advice on how to attack policemen and set them on fire.
The Head of the Crimea State Committee for Interethnic Relations Albert Kangiev assures that the refusal of Western countries to discuss the issue of Crimea [in the Normandy format] is a signal to the current Kyiv authorities. Foreign states have long come to terms with the fact that the peninsula is part of Russia. Therefore, he said, there simply cannot be any negotiations on this matter.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The EU still does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn this violation of international law. 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.
The Normandy Format talks involve the representatives of four countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France, who aim to resolve the war in Donbas. The issue of the illegal annexation of Crimea was not discussed in this format.
Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. 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.
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