The Ukrainian foreign Ministry has sent Russia a note of protest over Putin’s trip to Crimea
KIEV, June 24. /TASS/. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent to the Russian foreign Ministry a note of protest because of the visit to the Republic of Crimea delegation headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The Ukrainian side considers the visit (24 June) and other so-called travel of Russian officials in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol a grave violation of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, — stated in the message that Saturday was circulated by the press service of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
In Kiev believe that the visit of the President of Russia in Crimea should be agreed by the Ukrainian authorities. “The foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation sent a note of protest”, — stated in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin on June 24, together with Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, presidential adviser Andrei Fursenko and leaders of the Republic of Crimea visited the international children’s center “Artek”. The head of state toured the facilities of the center, talked with Artek campers, among whom were the children of the United States and the Donbass, and wished them a strong friendship and new knowledge.
The authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol March 16, 2014 held a referendum on reunification with Russia. It was attended by more than 80% had the right to vote for reunification with Russia voted 96.7% and 95.6%, respectively.
18 March of the same year the President of Russia signed the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly. Despite the strong results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea part of Russia.
The trip made by Russian officials in Crimea, as well as politicians from other countries, and in 2014 became more regular. In each case, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses protest this action. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that Crimea is Russian territory, and the question about her identity is not negotiable.