UN General Assembly: Belarus votes against ‘Crimean’ resolution

Seized Ukrainian ships in Kerch port. Phot. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

The UN General Assembly has adopted the resolution ‘Problem of the Militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as Parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov’.

66 states supported the document, 19 voted against it, and 72 abstained.

In the resolution, the UN General Assembly urges the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces from Crimea and to end its temporary occupation of Ukraine’s territory. According to the document, Russia’s actions in Crimea, Azov and Black Seas are not only a threat to Ukraine, but they also undermine the security and stability of the entire European region.

It states that presence of the Russian military in Crimea contradicts the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document also condemns Russia because of constructing a bridge across the Kerch Strait.

The resolution expresses a deep concern over Russia’s excessive use of force against the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait on November 25 and declaims against the restriction of shipping for commercial vessels in the marine area.

The UN also calls on Moscow to release Ukrainian sailors.

19 States, including Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, voted against the resolution.

ІІ, belsat.eu

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