Guterres responds to launch of railway connection between annexed Crimea, Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

He believes that Russia should adhere to resolution on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity
08:41, 24 December 2019

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has responded to the launch of a railway connection between the annexed Crimea and Russia via the Crimean Bridge. This was reported by Representative of Ukraine to the UN Oleh Nikolenko on his Facebook page.

"We have the reaction of the UN Secretary-General on the launch of the railway connection through Crimean Bridge: resolutions on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be observed," Nikolenko wrote.

He also recalled the Assembly's resolutions against the construction of the bridge and considered it a flagrant violation of the Organization’s Charter. In addition, he notes that the UN "warns Russian officials against uncoordinated visits to Crimean Peninsula".

Related: Presidential Representative in Crimea considers launch of railway connection with Russia illegal

Nikolenko also states that the international community must respond to Russia’s illegal steps in Ukraine.

As we reported earlier, the train passed the Crimean Bridge for the first time. The Presidential Representative of Ukraine in Autonomous Republic of Crimea called such actions of the Russian Federation illegal, and the prosecutor's office stated about the opening of the criminal proceedings regarding the construction of the bridge.

"The Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in Autonomous Republic of Crimea stresses the unlawfulness of the launch of the railway connection between Russia and the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine  - Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, which took place today, on December 23, 2019," the press service of the Office stated on Facebook.

Related: Putin to visit Crimea on December 23 amid opening of railway connection

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