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The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the occupied Crimea is a cynical neglect of the principles and norms of international law by the Russian side.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine made a corresponding statement commenting on the visit of the Russian leader to the occupied Ukrainian peninsula on August 4, 2018.

The foreign-policy office expressed a protest in connection with another visit not coordinated with Ukraine. The statement notes that Kyiv considers this visit as well as any trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol as a gross violation of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“The visit is a cynical and demonstrative neglect by the Russian side of the generally accepted principles and norms of international law, obligations under bilateral and multilateral treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol are an integral part of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders. This fact is recognized by the international community, which has already repeatedly assessed the internationally wrongful actions of the Russian Federation through the adoption of relevant resolutions of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, other international organizations, as well as the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation as an occupying state,” the Foreign Ministry notes.

Earlier it was reported that on August 1, a delegation of politicians and businessmen from Slovakia arrived to the territory of the occupied Crimea. A total of 10 people arrived on the annexed peninsula.

Earlier, Ukraine's Ambassador to Hungary, Lyubov Nepop, called on the Ukrainian diaspora to express mistrust and deprive Anatoly Bury of the parliamentary mandate over visiting the occupied Crimea illegally.

QHA