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Statement by the MFA on the illegal "elections" organised by the authorities of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in Ukraine

14.09.2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland does not recognise the results of the illegal 'local elections', organised by the authorities of the Russian Federation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine on 13 September 2020. The election of the governor of Sevastopol was illegal, as well as voting for representatives to the so-called State Council of the 'Crimean Republic', the so-called Legislative Assembly of the city of Symferopol and the so-called Rural Council of the Razdolno region.

2020.04.02 Warszawa . Budynek MSZ . Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych .
Fot. Tymon Markowski / MSZ

Such a position results directly from Poland's obligations as a member of the UN.  According to UN General Assembly resolution 68/262 of 27 March 2014, the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014 was a clear violation of international law. In the light of this resolution, any action by the Russian authorities in this part of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops is illegal. Poland continues to support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Regular human rights violations by the Russian occupying administration are taking place in the occupied territories of Ukraine. Numerous worrying examples of these activities are presented in the UN Secretary-General's report Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine' of 19 June 2020. Freedom of assembly and religion is restricted, illegal detentions are being repeated and detainees are being tortured. These actions particularly affect the Crimean Tatars. We call for international solidarity in opposing these actions taken by the Russian Federation on the annexed peninsula.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland supports the statement of the European External Action Service Spokesperson on the 'elections' of 14 September 2020.