The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution against the annexed Crimea militarisation by Russia. “The problem of the militarisation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, and the Black and Azov Seas’ parts resolution calls for the consolidation of efforts to de-occupy the Peninsula.
According to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN, the main purpose of this resolution is to provide the withdrawal of Russian troops from Crimea.
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsia has published voting results: 17 states voted against the resolution, 63 countries voted for the document, another 62 abstained.
Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Serbia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe voted against the draft resolution.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba made an official statement on the adoption of the document. He called the UN General Assembly vote on the resolution on Crimea “a new element of growing legal pressure on Russia.”
“The adoption of the resolution shows that the militarisation of Crimea by the Russian Federation as an occupying power remains in the focus of the international community, which considers the Crimea transformation into a huge military base to be a direct threat to security and stability in the region,” he said.
According to him, the document confirms that the occupation of Crimea is a violation of international law; and the occupied territories must be returned to Ukrainian control immediately. Besides, the document states that Russia has moved weapons capable of carrying nuclear charges to the Crimea territory. The resolution calls for Russia to stop such activities immediately.
“From now on, Ukraine has in its legal arsenal an additional convincing political and legal argument for promoting the de-occupation of Crimea,” Kuleba summed up.