The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strongest protest against the “decision on inclusion” of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.
This decision is null and void and neither creates any legal consequences nor affects the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.
The state-occupant continues to blatantly neglect the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly Resolution A/Res/68/262 “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, Helsinki Final Act of 1975, Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, its obligations under the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1997 and other norms of international law.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls time and again upon the Russian Federation to return to the implementation of its international obligations, to put an end to the aggression and illegal occupation of the part of sovereign territory of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has sent the relevant note verbal to the Russian side with respect to the mentioned decision.