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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Urges Russia to Allow International Organisations to Enter Occupied Crimea

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called on the Russian Federation to provide the representatives of international organisations with the access to the territory of the occupied Crimea. In particular, the minister mentioned the UN representatives.

Kuleba published a corresponding appeal on his Twitter page, noting that the Kremlin should assume a non-politicised position on this issue.

The minister raised the same topic during an informal meeting of the UN Security Council Arria-formula meeting “Crimea: 7 years of violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine has caused a deep crisis in international politics and undermined the authority of international organisations. It is time to increase the efficiency of joint efforts to de-occupy Crimea,” Kuleba said.

He reminded of Russia’s violations of international humanitarian law and large-scale human rights violations on the peninsula, in particular the change in the demographic composition of the population of Crimea by the occupation authorities. The participants separately discussed Russia’s ongoing large-scale militarisation of Crimea.

The other day, the National Security and Defence Council approved the Strategy for De-occupation and Reintegration of the Occupied Crimea and Sevastopol into Ukraine. The document will be available to the public in the near future.

According to the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksiy Danilov, the elaboration of the strategy lasted more than a year with the involvement of representatives of many institutions, including the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

At present, the only thing known about this document is that Kyiv has abandoned the idea of ​​creating Crimean Tatar autonomy and relies on international support.

Bohdan Marusyak

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