Russia is Trying to Legalize Crimea's Occupation at All Grounds — Oleksandr Gaman
Russia is taking all possible steps at any site to legalize its aggression against Ukraine and the temporary occupation of the Crimean peninsula.
“The situation in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation is not the best now. Many initiatives and projects are not implemented due to the temporary occupation of Crimea after 2014. It is no secret that Russia is making every effort to legalize its aggression against Ukraine and the temporary occupation of the Crimean peninsula. Due to these attempts, many former projects simply cannot be implemented,” Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul Oleksandr Gaman said in an interview with Ukrainian media.
He clarified that, in particular, he meant Russia’s attempts to include its representatives in various commissions, to encourage business to work with Crimea, to hold various cultural and business events.
“They pursue one goal: to legalize their illegal actions. We have another goal: to inform the BSEC Secretariat and the member countries about the real situation in Crimea. At the same time, we consider the BSEC an important platform for defending the interests of our state in the Black Sea region and the development of economic relations with the member states of the organization,” the Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul said.
He also pointed out that last year Russia had tried to take various measures aimed at legalizing its illegal actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
“Russia uses all means… But we have a good ally – Turkey, its leadership. That is why it is possible to counteract the actions of the Russian side,” the diplomat stressed.
As reported, Ukraine emphasized that respect for international law and the rule of law should be the basis of such a structure as the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). In particular, it was said that Russia must respect international law, including orders of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea or the International Court of Justice in The Hague.