KYIV (QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated the need to strengthen the mechanism of de-occupation of the Crimea and to hold Russia accountable for the militarization of the annexed peninsula. The Head of state made a corresponding statement during a meeting with graduates of the Kyiv Institute of International Relations on June 26.

"We must further strengthen the mechanism of de-occupation of the Crimea, provide international legal steps for Russia's responsibility for the militarization of the peninsula, the restoration of Russian bases, the transformation of the Crimea into an island of lack of freedom, and we should make the most effective use of international legal mechanisms. I declare that for us this is of absolutely fundamental importance.”

The Head of state noted that Ukrainian diplomats should ensure the international legal responsibility of the Russian Federation for aggression against Ukraine in the Donbas and for the illegal annexation of the Crimea.

"For the first time we use international arbitration, we use international court for the first time, we use conventions for the first time, including conventions for responsibility for financing terrorism, the convention of responsibility for racial discrimination that Russia uses against Ukrainians, against Crimean Tatars, against Ukrainian citizens in illegally annexed Crimea.”

Earlier, the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, said that the world should move from non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea to the de-occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

Source: Interfax-Ukraine

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