General Assembly rejects Russia's annexation of Crimea

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The annexation by Russia of the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea has been rejected by the UN General Assembly.

The move by Russia followed a referendum in Crimea earlier in March in which voters elected to secede from Ukraine.

In a resolution adopted by 100 in favour to 11 against with 58 abstentions, the Assembly called on all States, organizations or agencies not to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

Acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Andrii Deshchytsia told the General Assembly that what has happened to his country is a direct violation of the UN Charter.

"Over the last month we have witnessed the most flagrant violations of international law since the inception of the United Nations. After two weeks of military occupation and integral part of Ukraine has been forcibly annexed by a state that had previously committed itself to guarantee the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of my country in accordance with the Budapest Memorandum." (28")

The 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom gave security assurances against threats or use of force against Ukraine.

The General Assembly resolution calls for a peaceful resolution of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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