UN, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti. The militarization of Crimea by Russia poses a threat to “our common security,” Acting Permanent Representative of the United States to the organization Richard Mills.
On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly is holding a meeting dedicated to the “situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.”
“The growing militarization of Crimea by Russia poses a serious and growing threat to our common security,” Mills said.
He reiterated his earlier thesis that the United States “will never recognize an attempt to annex Crimea” and that American sanctions against Russia will remain in effect until Russia changes its course toward Ukraine.
Mills pointed out that the United States will continue to “stand alongside partners in maintaining Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
“We call on the member states to vote in support of the General Assembly resolutions that draw attention to the human rights situation and the militarization of Crimea,” he added.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke out in favor of joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum following a coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”