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Foreign Ministry’s statement on Russia’s decision on annexation of Crimea


Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns Russia’s steps towards annexation of Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea and considers Russia’s approach an unprecedented breach of international law and obligations of Russian Federation as well as a threat to peaceful coexistence of nations in Europe. We consider recognition of Crimea’s independence dated March 17 and decision on accession of Crimean peninsula into Russian Federation dated March 18 as totally unacceptable.

The Czech Republic, taking into account its own history of the 1930s, is very sensitive to Russia’s current actions and will never consent to undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity and annexation of Crimea.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere condolences to the Government of Ukraine and to the family of deceased soldier killed during the attack against the Ukrainian military servicemen in Simferopol. We appeal with all the vehemence to the Crimean authorities to do everything in their power to prevent further escalation of the situation.