The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, has invited officials from several international organizations, including the United Nations, the OSCE and the European Parliament, to visit Crimea to gain impartial, first-hand impression of the situation in the peninsula, TASS reported.
The third committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted Ukraine’s resolution critical of alleged human rights violations in Crimea’s territory and what it described as the illegal establishment of Russian laws, jurisdiction and governance in the region. The Kiev-proposed resolution was supported by 67 delegations, three less than in 2017. Twenty six delegations, including Russia, Belarus, China, India, Serbia, Syria and South Africa voted against. Another 87 countries abstained.
"Let me remind you that we’ve repeatedly invited delegates from the UN General Assembly, the OSCE, the European Parliament and a number of other international organizations to visit Crimea to see for themselves what is happening in the region in reality and to make impartial comments on the situation. Instead, we have seen another portion of propaganda and groundless charges. Yet our proposal remains in force," Aksyonov wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
He pointed out that the adopted resolution by no means reflected the real state of affairs in the region.
"As I’ve already said, such resolutions do not reflect the real state of affairs on the peninsula. They merely replicate propagandistic myths invented in Kiev and Washington. The authors of the resolution and those who vote for it outspokenly ignore the opinion of Crimea’s people," he said.
Aksyonov said that all foreign delegations without an exception that have visited Crimea since its reunification with Russia noted peace, accord and the lack of any discrimination on the account of ethnicity, religion or any other factor.
"The peoples of the peninsula made their choice freely and consciously, in accordance with the UN Charter and international law. The world is aware of that, which is seen in the results of the voting: most countries refrained from supporting the resolution," Aksyonov said.
About Crimea’s referendum
After the government coup in Kiev in February 2014 the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol made a decision to hold referendums to see if the people wished reunification with Russia. The voting took place on March 16, with more than 80% of those eligible to participate taking part. Reunification with Russia was supported by 96.7% and 95.6% in Crimea and Sevastopol respectively. The Russian president on March 18 signed a treaty on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia. The Federal Assembly ratified it on March 21.
Despite the unequivocal outcome of the referendum Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.