United Nations (United States) (AFP)
The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging Russia to end its “temporary occupation” of Crimea, which Moscow resumed in 2014, “without delay”.
The resolution on the militarization of the Crimean peninsula, the port of Sevastopol and parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov was adopted by 63 countries, with 17 votes against and 62 abstentions.
The resolution is not binding but has political significance. It has been offered by 40 countries, including Great Britain, France, Germany and the Baltic States, as well as the United States, Australia, Canada and Turkey.
The resolution “urges the Russian Federation, as the occupying power, to immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its military forces from Crimea and to end without delay its temporary occupation of Ukrainian territory”.
Faced with the>, the resolution calls on Russia to end all these transfers “without delay. ”
Fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces has claimed more than 13,000 lives since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and pro-Russian forces east of Ukraine rebelled against Kiev .
In the United Nations Security Council, tensions between Russia and Western countries over the conflict remain at the center of concerns, as an informal meeting last week in Moscow on the 2015 Minsk accords between the United Nations showed. Ukraine and Russia, sponsored by France and Germany.
Berlin and Paris sparked Russia’s fury by boycotting the meeting, described by European countries as an international platform offered to the Donbass separatists, several of whom had been invited to speak by Moscow.
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