NATO appeals to Russia demanding the return of Crimea to Ukraine
In Crimea, human rights are violated, and Russia is building up its grouping of troops on the peninsula, the alliance said. Return to working relations will not work until Russia changes its behavior, stressed in Brussels, writes RBC.
“Five years ago, Russia used force to illegally and illegitimately annex Crimea, violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” NATO said in a statement posted on Twitter by NATO spokesman Oana Lungescu.
NATO does not recognize and condemn the annexation of Crimea by Russia and calls on Moscow to regain control of the peninsula Ukraine. The alliance is concerned about the violation of human rights on the peninsula in relation to the Ukrainians, the Crimean Tatars and other peoples, the statement said.
The alliance condemns cases of human rights violations on the peninsula, as well as the buildup of the Russian military group, the construction of the Crimean Bridge and detention and arrest Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.
“Until there is a clear, constructive change in Russia's behavior that demonstrates adherence to international law (…), [Russia and NATO] will not be able to return to the business as usual principle,” the statement said.
According to the results of a recent poll by VTsIOM, 18% of Russians said that the “annexation” of Crimea had a positive effect on their lives, 70% did not notice any changes. 9% of the respondents believe that their life has deteriorated. Russians called sanctions, rising prices, falling living standards and the conflict with Ukraine as negative consequences of the annexation of Crimea.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that after the presidential elections on March 31, he intends to achieve the return of the peninsula and "will not go to any bidding".
In Crimea, the United States offered to "return" California to Russia
Ivan Chikharev, Ph.D. (Political Science), director of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations of Sevastopol State University, commenting on NATO’s statement on the fifth anniversary of the events in Crimea, recalled the former Russian colony in California, writes RIA News.
“NATO is the last organization that should be surprised at the strengthening of someone's military presence, since it is NATO that, after the Cold War, is expanding its military presence in all regions of the world without the consent of the international community. An example is the violation by US warships of the Montreux Convention. The reciprocal strengthening of Russia is completely natural from the point of view of ensuring the balance of power in the region. And in response to the offer to give Crimea to Ukraine, I propose to give Russia the former colony in California - Fort Ross, ”Chikharev said.
Fort Ross was founded in 1812, the Russian-American company on the Pacific coast of California in 80 kilometers from San Francisco for the fishery industry. In 1841, the company sold its property to large landowner John Satter.
Earlier, Estonian special services stated about preparing Russia for a war with NATO over Belarus.
Recall that Russia threatened non-nuclear countries with a missile strike for cooperation with the United States, and the Russian leader himselfrigosil place supersonic nuclear weapons on ships and submarines near the US.
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