Press-Conference of His Excellency Mr. Alexander Karchava, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka, March 27, 2014
External players desiring to force Ukraine to choose between the European Union and Russia aggravated the internal
crisis in Ukraine. Through foreign political, financial and ideological support which violated sovereignty of Ukraine,
anti-constitutional coup by the force of arms occurred in Kiev. International community did not react to the fact that
Ukrainian opposition had not fulfilled the Agreement on the settlement of the situation dated on February 21, which was
signed by the ministers of foreign affairs of three European states. This document became a cover under which the
legitimate President of Ukraine was overthrown. This does not characterize the European guarantors of the Agreement
positively. The coup d’état in Ukraine was not assessed adequately by the international community including the UN,
OSCE and the Council of Europe.
The new Ukrainian authorities are not independent in their political decisions and do not represent the interests of
all regions and population groups of the multi-layered Ukrainian society. Moreover, the new Ukrainian authorities are
fully under control of ultra radical racists, anti-Semitic and xenophobic formations which by force impose their
approaches on Ukrainian regions. Militants organize provocative acts with lethal outcomes; fascist slogans are
propagated; cult of Nazi criminals and their henchmen once headed by ill-famous S.Bandera are being introduced;
national and language minorities are oppressed; calls for violence against Russian population can be heard;
dissent-minded and mass-media are persecuted; historical memorials are destroyed and defaced.
Under such conditions, in strict correspondence with international law, democratic procedures, without any external
pressure and in full conformity with UN Charter the people of Crimea realized its right for self-determination by
holding a referendum and proclaiming its sovereignty. More than 82% of electorate took part in voting, among which more
than 96% voted for reunion with Russia. That was the conscious choice of the people of Crimea.
The historical injustice that happened during the Soviet times, when Crimea was transferred from Russia under
jurisdiction of different Republic was rectified.
As a result of the Ukrainian authorities policy during post-Soviet times, the people of Crimea could not realize its
legal right within the independent Ukraine. The Constitution of Crimea adopted in 1992 was abolished three years later
without consent of the people, and the status of Crimea was voluntaristically changed from the independent state within
the borders of Ukraine to autonomous republic as a territorial unit of the Ukraine.
Resuming the outcomes of the referendum, the Republic of Crimea as a sovereign state addressed to Moscow its request
to join the Russian Federation as an integral part of the state. The Russian Federation responded positively to this
request taking into consideration that overwhelming majority of Crimean people and citizens of the Russian Federation
support reunion of the Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol with Russia. The respective intergovernmental
agreement between the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on one side and the Russian Federation on the other
was signed and was further ratified by the Russian Parliament.
Concerning so called Russian “invasion” or “intrusion”
Long before proclamation of independence of Crimea, the Russian troops were deployed in the peninsula of Crimea in
accordance with the International Agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the Russian Black Sea Fleet. All the
activities of the Russian military forces were conducted within the frames of the mode of operation stipulated by the
Agreement and were directed to ensure security.
After proclaiming independence of Crimea, all the military personnel of Ukraine which was deployed in the peninsula,
was given a free choice: either leave their bases and move to the territory of Ukraine or remain in Crimea with the
opportunity to join the Russian army.
On Russian-Ukrainian relations
There is no state of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The current political crisis in Ukraine is the internal
problem of this state and its solution depends on the Ukrainian people themselves. Russia does not have any intention
to interfere in this process. Russia is ready to cooperate with all international partners, interested in normalization
of the situation in Ukraine through nation-wide dialogue with participation of representatives of all regions and
population groups including national and language minorities. For this purpose Russia initiated the establishment of
the Support Group for Ukraine.
UN GA plenary session
As of the draft Resolution of the UN General Assembly Existing realities are not being considered or are distorted
heavily by this document.
The initiative of Ukraine in the UN General Assembly can only obstruct the search for the way out and complicate
political and diplomatic solution. The document has obvious anti-Russian overtones. It seems that the only reason to
submit the Draft Resolution for consideration of the UN General Assembly is the desire of those who are behind it - to
reload the responsibility of their geopolitical adventures in Ukraine from themselves on Russia.
We call upon all constructively-aimed players of international community not support tendentious draft resolution
and direct the efforts to facilitate the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine and respect the will of the people