The Russian Federation forwarded the appeal of the Kremlin-controlled Crimean Tatar organization "Qırım Birligi" to the UN, requesting to recognize Crimea's accession to Russia is not contrary to international law, to condemn the blockade of the peninsula and to achieve the lifting of sanctions imposed by Western countries for its annexation. Reportedly, this treatment is applied to the letter that the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin has sent the Chairman of the 71st session of the General Assembly Peter Thomson.
Pursuing its propaganda policy, Russia renders through its controlled organization Qırım Birligi an appeal to the UN General Assembly to recognize the declaration of independence of the Republic of Crimea (social secession) and the supposedly voluntary accession to the Russian Federation, to condemn policy of economic, commercial and financial embargo against the Russian Federation, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as to remove the political and economic sanctions imposed on them.
Russia occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014. Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of the Crimea and Sevastopol.
Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly, condemned the actions of Russia, recognizing the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal. Economic sanctions were imposed against Russia.
After Moscow held illegal parliamentary elections in Crimea in the autumn of 2016, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the State Duma of Russian Federation illegitimate.
At the 65th plenary session of the UN General Assembly December 19, 2016, resolution "On the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" was adopted by a majority vote. Over 70 delegations voted in favor of the resolution and 77 abstained. Traditionally, the resolution was opposed by Russia, Belarus, Serbia, China, Armenia and several African delegations.