The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation issued an official response to the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the Crimea and Sevastopol, and confirmed the refusal of the Russian Federation to comply with this decision.
The Office informed that it is initiating two decisions against Ukraine.
“The draft decisions of the CM CE on support for the Minsk process and on human rights violations in Ukraine were brought up for discussion,” reads the statement.
The source notes: For the first time in the statement of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs the thesis has appeared stating that Russia refuses to implement any decisions taken not consensually.
"The Russian Federation does not consider itself bound by this decision of the Committee of Ministers and does not consider Ukraine using it legitimate... For us, they are politically and legally null and void due to their non-consensual nature," the statement said.
Furthermore, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared the "discrediting the Committee of Ministers" and warned about preparing further steps against the Council of Europe without specifying details.
Earlier, QHA reported that, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted the first separate decision since 2014 regarding the occupied Crimea, stressing that the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine) by the Russian Federation jeopardizes peace and democratic security in Europe.