The State Duma of the Russian Federation wanted to cancel the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded

On March 11, the State Duma of the Russian Federation submitted a draft law invalidating the 1954 transfer of Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR, reports Medusa.

The authors of the initiative are deputies from the pro-government “United Russia” Kostyantyn Zatulin and Senator Serhii Tsekov. According to the publication, Zatulin has offered to recognize the annulment of Crimea at least three times in the past seven years.

The authors of the draft law consider the relevant decision “illegal, contrary to the rule of law and fundamental principles of international law”. It appears to be “a violation of the constitutions of the RSFSR and the USSR” and adopted “without taking into account the will of the Russian people.”

In addition, in this way, the Russian representatives “want to knock out the ground from under the campaign of the Ukrainian authorities implementing the thesis of the occupation of Crimea in 2014.”

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called it “a futile attempt by the Russian dictatorship to legitimize its own gross violations of international law.”

They noted that the aggressor grossly violated and continues to violate his own obligations, since he once legally, documented and unequivocally recognized the borders of modern Ukraine at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed that any efforts by the international community will not change the recognition of Crimea as Ukrainian territory.

“The mentioned State Duma bill reaffirms that this fact and the inevitability of de-occupation are also clearly understood in Moscow, which is why such panic attempts arise,” the statement said.

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