Crimea would still have been part of Ukraine, if not for the events in Kiev in 2014, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said during the UN Security Council online meeting on May 22.
Nebenzia recalled that Germany, France and Poland declared themselves guarantors of the agreement between former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition. However, these agreements were violated the following day, and a coup took place.
“Unfortunately, Ukrainians have no one to blame but themselves, because they paved the way for this referendum (in 2014),” Nebenzia said.
The Russian side also added that the referendum in Crimea, in terms of international law, has more authority than the decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence, adopted by the Parliament and circumventing popular opinion.
The meeting was held according to the Arria Formula, and it was not an official UN Security Council event. Representatives of the public, including the residents of Crimea, were not invited to it.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency