Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine The MFA of Ukraine has taken note of the statement and commentary of the foreign ministry of the Russian Federation, concerning Ukrainian topics.
The contents of these statements once again show that the leadership of the RF is living in its own world of illusion, deceit and self-deception, and is attempting to draw its own people, and the entire international community, into this world.
Through targeted “brainwashing” of Russians with horror stories about Ukraine, the Kremlin is clearly trying to hide the underlying problems in its own country, namely the social, economic and moral decline, especially in regions of the Russian Federation remote from Moscow; strengthening chauvinistic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic sentiments in Russian society in flagrant disregard for the rights and freedoms of citizens RF, primarily minorities.
The RF Foreign Ministry’s Comment that the RF has in no way violated the Budapest Memorandum of December 5, 1994, which, together with the USA and Great Britain, provided guarantees of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, does not stand up to scrutiny in terms of international law and the actual reality.
The attempts by the Russian side to “justify” its blatant annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea to the international community, its shifting of blame for the loss of territorial integrity to the current leadership of the Ukrainian state is nothing but another demonstration of the RF’s disrespect and contempt for international law and its international obligations, including the UN Charter.
Does the Kremlin believe that the world is capable of believing in nonsense, that Russia has nothing to do with the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and its annexation?
How does the Russian side explain the massive invasion from the territory of the RF of paramilitary formations, units of RF Armed Forces, Kuban Cossacks, direct participation of RF citizens, including of RF citizen Alexey Chaly, the so-called “national self-proclaimed mayor of Sevastopol” in pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, manipulations with the so-called “referendum,” the terrorizing of Ukrainian military personnel by FSB intelligence agencies, the seizure of Ukrainian property and natural resources in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, not to mention the concentration of RF troops on the eastern borders of Ukraine?
Why does the RF still use the false argument that it decided upon the annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol based on the so-called will of the local people, if the so-called “referendum” has been deemed by the UN General Assembly and the Venice Commission to be illegitimate in terms of Ukrainian and international laws?
When Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote about the global chessboard, he obviously had no idea that someone is going to play, say, billiards on it, or a “shell game” (a game popular in Russia). Recent statements by the Russian side suggest that the efforts of the international community to speak with Russia using the language of argumentation do not make any sense. It is clear that Russia does not recognize and does not intend to recognize any established rules of the international coexistence of states.
In addition, we want to emphasize that the leadership of the RF is solely responsible for the violation of the territorial integrity of our country, in particular the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum. Indeed, paragraph 2 of this document contains a commitment “to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.”
Moreover, the Russian Federation made it clear in yesterday's comment by its MFA that the prospects of economic cooperation between Ukraine and RF will depend on Ukraine maintaining its non-aligned status, effectively blackmailing our country. And that blatantly violates, in particular, paragraph 3 of the Budapest Memorandum, which contains the obligation “to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty.”
The MFA of Ukraine calls on the Russian side to stop interfering in the sovereign internal affairs of Ukraine and Ukrainian people. No one gave Russia the right, or asked Russia to impose upon us their own position on foreign policy priorities or internal development of our country, such as constitutional reforms in Ukraine.
Ukraine, too, for obvious reasons, does not approve of many Kremlin’s policies, including policies towards our brotherly Russian people and national minorities living on the territory of RF. But we respect the sovereignty of the RF and the fundamental principles of international law on non-interference in the internal affairs of other independent states. We demand the same respect from the RF. Moreover, as a result of the intervention which the Kremlin has permitted itself, the lives of tens of thousands of citizens of Ukraine, living in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, have been ruined. The Russian leadership will be held to account for this, sooner or later.