UN, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told his German colleague Christoph Heusgen who occupied Ukraine.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council held a meeting in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, adopted and signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015. FRG Permanent Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen said that Russia “invaded Ukraine – first it invaded Crimea, as well as eastern Ukraine.” He also pointed out that, based on the speech of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzi, he had the impression that “Ukraine invaded Russia, not Russia invaded Ukraine.”
“Christophe played with concepts of who was occupying whom: did Russia occupy Ukraine, or, perhaps, he asked sarcastically, Ukraine occupied Russia. There is a simple answer to this question: Ukraine occupied Ukraine. Unfortunately. And he is waging a war on its own territory,” – said Nebenzya.
In addition, Heusgen decided to mention the signing of the Budapest Memorandum, according to which Russia recognizes the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine within its existing borders.
“Russia did not undertake obligations under the Budapest Memorandum to force a part of Ukraine to remain in its composition against the will of its population, local population. And the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum do not apply to circumstances resulting from the action of internal political or socio-economic factors,” Nebenzya stressed.
The Budapest Memorandum was signed in 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, the USA, France and the UK. According to this document, Kiev joined the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and eliminated its nuclear potential, while Moscow, Washington and London guaranteed the country's security.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, including during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.