Kremlin to regard participation of any country in Crimean Platform as encroachment on territorial integrity of Russian Federation
Moscow states that they intend to view the participation of any countries in the Crimean Platform as an encroachment on the territorial integrity of Russia. This is reported by RIA Novosti in its Telegram channel.
Earlier, on March 11, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov announced the development of “the first fundamental document since the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, giving clear instructions on how we will move on the issue of de-occupation of the Crimea”. Danilov also reported that the strategy for the de-occupation of Crimea is an open document, with which “everyone can familiarize themselves” and which will have an English version. It will be received by Ukraine’s foreign partners in the near future, – the NSDC Secretary said.
As reported, on February 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered by his decree to create an Advisory Committee for the preparation and holding of the Crimean Platform constituent summit in Ukraine.
In February 2014, armed men in unmarked uniforms seized the building of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC, the Council of Ministers of the ARC, as well as the Simferopol Airport, the Kerch ferry crossing and other strategic facilities, and also blocked the actions of the Ukrainian troops. The Russian authorities initially refused to acknowledge that these armed men were members of the Russian army, but later, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that they were the Russian military. A “referendum” on the status of the peninsula, unrecognized by most countries of the world, was held on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol on March 16, 2014, as a result of which Russia included the Crimea in its composition. Neither Ukraine, nor the European Union, or the USA recognized the results of the “referendum” vote. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “annexation” of Crimea to Russia on March 18. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have introduced economic sanctions. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014 the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.