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 Head of Ukrainian delegation to CIS summit puts Russia’s Putin on defensive for Crimea occupation. VIDEO (in Russian)

Ukrainian Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Mykola Doroshenko pointed to the illegality of the annexation of Crimea as he was speaking at the meeting of Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS) held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan today, Sept. 16. The meeting was also attended by President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Censor.NET reports citing TASS news agency.

Addressing the presidents, including Vladimir Putin, Doroshenko pointed to Ukraine's special position on the two agenda items: Russia's chairmanship in the CIS in 2017 and the census in the CIS member states scheduled for 2020.

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"Given that Russia has violated international law and annexed part of the territory of Ukraine, continue contributing to the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian side does not accept the transition in the chairmanship," Doroshenko said.

Mykola Doroshenko added that the same applied to the participation of Crimea in the census. "If the Russian Federation includes the population of the territory of Ukraine annexed by the Russian Federation to its total population following the national census, we will deem the census results worthless," he stressed.

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In response to the protest against the next year's Russian presidency in the CIS filed by Ukraine's ambassador, President Putin took the floor and said: "The first thing I would like to say that Russia has annexed nothing. All that happened to Crimea was the result of the illegal actions of certain political forces in Ukraine, which culminated in the coup."

Putin claimed that Crimea "joined Russia as a result of the will expressed by the people living in this territory." This action, according to the Russian leader, is in full conformity with the international law and the UN Charter as well as the relevant decisions of the UN courts on similar cases they have previously dealt with.

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Putin also responded to Doroshenko's statement on the upcoming transition in the CIS chairmanship to Russia. The Russian president reminded that Ukraine had not ratified the CIS Charter. Therefore, it was not eligible to make proposals regarding the operation of the CIS institutions.

"As for the Russian presidency in the CIS: It is known, that Ukraine, unfortunately, has not signed and ratified the CIS Charter and, therefore, it is hardly eligible to make proposals regarding the work of this organization," Putin said.


 
 
 
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