Ukraine responds to Russia's statements about sanctions against Nicaragua

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
08 February 2021, 10:03
Canan Kevser
08 February 2021, 10:03

Ukraine on Friday responded to Russian Foreign Ministry's statement calling the Ukrainian sanctions against Nicaragua over the illegal opening of a consulate in Crimea as "act of despair."

The appointment of an honorary consul of Nicaragua in Russian-occupied Crimea has grossly violated Ukrainian law and international law, and sanctions have been imposed in response, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Twitter.

"The 'act of despair' is Russia's constant attempts to convince at least someone in the world that Crimea and Sevastopol are allegedly part of the Russian Federation. The appointment of an honorary consul of Nicaragua has grossly violated Ukrainian law and international law," Nikolenko said.

Earlier, at a briefing on February 4, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called Ukraine's decision to impose sanctions on Nicaragua "an act of despair" and said it "looks ridiculous."

As reported, on February 2, the Ukrainian parliament adopted draft resolution "On approval of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of February 1, 2021 'On the application of sectoral special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) to the Republic of Nicaragua'."

Background

On November 10, Ukraine launched a sanctions process against Nicaragua over the opening of the honorary consulate in the occupied Crimea. 

Oleg Belaventsev, a participant in the Russian invasion of Crimea, was appointed as "honorary consul." 

In November 2017, a Ukrainian court sentenced Belaventsev to 13 years in prison in absentia for violating Ukraine's territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In August, Kyiv sent a note of protest to Nicaragua over the opening of the consulate. The country was then warned of the possible imposition of sanctions.

Nicaragua is one of the countries that regularly do not vote for UN resolutions initiated by Ukraine to recognize Russia as an occupying power due to the annexation of Crimea.