New York City, The United States – The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proposed by Ukraine on alleged human rights violations in the Crimean Russian peninsula.
The document received positive votes from 65 countries, against 27, which opposed. Most, however – 70 countries – abstained.
At the same time, the Russian representation with the organization reported that the Fifth UN Committee (Administrative Affairs and Budget) refused to allocate funds to implement this resolution.
According to a Russian representative at the UN, the resolution passed “is anti-Russian and false.”
“The Crimea is a place where people live happily. We invite everyone to visit [the peninsula] and ask the Ukrainians to complain if their rights are being violated,” said the representative.
The diplomat stressed that “the Russian Federation guarantees the protection of rights and freedoms throughout its territory, including the Crimea.”
Crimea became part of Russia after holding a plebiscite in March 2014 in which 96.77% of the voters of the Crimea and 95.6% of the population of the city of Sevastopol voted to join Russia.
Ukraine regards Crimea as a territory under temporary occupation.
The Russian government has repeatedly stated that the people of Crimea, democratically and in full compliance with international law and the United Nations Charter, voted in favor of reunification with Russia.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimean issue “is definitely closed”.
Last month Lieutenant-General Viktor Sevostyanov, the air defense commander of the Southern Military District, during the operational reception in Crimea of the S-400 air defense system, said that Crimea is protected from air strikes in all directions,
A fourth S-400 systems division entered service on the border between Russia and Ukraine in Dzhankoi. The three previous divisions assumed their operational positions in Feodosiya, Sevastopol and Evpatoriya.
“The Crimea is totally protected from the enemy’s aerial actions from all directions and with a range of up to 400 kilometers,” General Sevostyanov told reporters.