Russia has put a veto over the Ukrainian UNSC draft statement on Crimea

United Nations

Russia has blocked the Ukrainian UN Security Council draft statement to the press regarding Crimea.

This was reported in Twitter by the Ukrainian mission to the UN.

“Russia has blocked the Ukrainian UN Security Council draft statement to the press on Crimea. A sad attempt to deny the undeniable,” said the statement.

A source, familiar with the process of voting, said that Russia was the only member of the Security Council, which had expressed its disagreement with the statement to the press on Crimea, prepared by the Ukrainian delegation.

The process of adopting the document passed through the so-called “silence noninfringement” procedure when the country-initiator sends to the other members of the UN Security Council a draft statement to the press, and if nobody expresses any objection within a given time, the document shall be deemed accepted.

“The Russian delegation expressed its objections in just a few minutes before the end of the term,” said the source.

By the blocked draft statement the Security Council members had to express their deep concern at the decision of the President of the Russian Federation to integrate the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol with the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.

It is also known that other countries have not expressed objections, and the delegation of the United States has publicly supported the draft document.

As it was reported the day before Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed a decree on integration of the annexed Crimea with the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.

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