The Kremlin has called “illegal” the decision of the UN mission on human rights in Ukraine, the report should include data on the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. This is stated in the press service of the foreign Ministry.
Russian officials write that “have to remind” the UN that the mandate of the mission does not allow observers “to consider the situation in third countries”.
“The Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol are the territory of the Russian Federation”, – said the Russian foreign Ministry, adding that “attempts to include an assessment of the human rights situation in the Russian region in the UN report on Ukraine unlawful.”
Published on 12 September, the UN report urged Russia to provide unhindered access to the observers for human rights in the Crimea, to provide residents the right to freedom of thought and religion. The UN has demanded from Russia to release all political prisoners, to refrain from the expulsion of Ukrainians to the Peninsula and to investigate cases of reprisals.
On 11 September, the foreign Ministry urged the West to broaden sanctions against Russia because of the “elections” in the occupied Crimea.
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Russia occupied the Crimea in 2014. The Verkhovna Rada announced on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of the Peninsula Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly, condemned the Kremlin’s actions. Against Russia was introduced on personal and sectoral sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called parliamentary elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016 Parliament recognized the state Duma illegitimate.