UN, 12 Mar – RIA Novosti. US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the “militarization of Crimea by Russia” a threat to global security.
An informal meeting of the UN Security Council on the topic of Crimea is taking place on Friday. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and 20 other states. Among them are France, Ireland, Norway, Great Britain, the USA together with Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. As the first deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said, Estonia refused to give the floor to the residents of Crimea at this event, without explaining the reasons.
According to Thomas-Greenfield, “the militarization of the peninsula has consequences far beyond Ukraine's borders.”
“Russia has deployed nuclear-armed aircraft, missiles, weapons and ammunition to the peninsula, as well as increased its military presence in the Black and Azov Seas, as well as in the Kerch Strait. This is a threat to overall global security,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
In addition, she called on Russia to immediately allow humanitarian workers, the OSCE and UN personnel to Crimea.
Earlier, the United States has already announced the “militarization” of Crimea. The State Duma called these statements nonsense and interference in the internal affairs of Russia. In Crimea, Washington's position on the “militarization” of the peninsula was compared with the behavior of a zombie repeating “the same mantra.”
The Russian federal and Crimean authorities have repeatedly stated that access to the peninsula is open. The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, previously stated that Moscow is always ready to accept any international control mechanisms in the field of human rights in Crimea.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of joining Russia. 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.”