Britain's Foreign Secretary: Russia must return the Crimea to Ukraine

Foreign Secretary denounces Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea one year after.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement on the website of the Foreign Secretary, Censor.NET reports.

"Our message to Russia is consistent and clear: the annexation of Crimea was illegal and illegitimate in March 2014, and remains illegal and illegitimate in March 2015. Russia must return Crimea to Ukraine," Hammond said.

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According to him, the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia one year ago was a blatant breach of international law. "It showed total disregard for Ukraine's right to sovereignty and territorial integrity, and I condemn it in the strongest terms." It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, he added.

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"We do not recognise last year's sham referendum which President Putin has admitted was planned to provide a fig leaf for his land grab. This behavior threatens international security, and has grave implications for the legal order that protects the integrity and sovereignty of all states," he stated.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n329516