ANKARA (QHA) -

March 1, Turkish publication Yeni Şafak published the article of British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson in which the politician expressed his opinion about the occupation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation.

In the article "Four years since the illegal annexation of Crimea" the Head of the British Foreign Ministry tells about the seizure of the Crimea by the Russian military in 2014.

Johnson notes that the annexation of the Crimea was undertaken under the false pretext of protecting the local population.

“So it was that Russia seized 10,000 square miles from Ukraine and broke the first principle of international law – that countries may not acquire territory or change borders by force. Russia’s land grab in Crimea amounted to the first forcible annexation of the territory of a European country – and the first forcible redrawing of a European frontier – since 1945,” he wrote.

Russia, according to Johnson, violated the Budapest Memorandum, which guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The British minister noted that following the annexation of the Crimea, Russia launched a military campaign in eastern Ukraine, which killed 10,000 people and more than 2 million people became internally displaced.

"Flight MH17 became another victim of this tragedy when a Russian missile launched from an area controlled by Russian proxy fighters blew this passing airliner out of the sky, killing 298 innocent people, including 10 Britons.”

Johnson noted that all civilized countries must resolutely resist the aggression of Russia.

"That means sustaining our Crimea-related sanctions against Russia for as long as the region remains under Kremlin control, and keeping further sanctions in place whilst the Minsk Agreements in eastern Ukraine go unheeded," he stated.

Earlier, QHA reported that Johnson, in his article published on February 22 by the British Foreign Ministry, said that the world community should remember the terrible consequences of the annexation of Crimea by Russia and redouble efforts in protecting common values and international law.

Source: Yeni Şafak

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