Ukraine had to block the adoption of the annual budget of the Commission on the Black Sea Protection due to the participation of the so-called 'representatives of Crimea' as the press service of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine reported.
The 34th regular session of the Commission on the Black Sea Protection from Pollution took place in Istanbul, Turkey on October 24 and 25. This year, the session was chaired by the Russian Federation. Its representatives tried to influence the participation of the citizens of Ukraine from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the work of the subsidiary bodies of the commission, which should represent the interests of Russia.
'The Ecology Ministry and Foreign Ministry of Ukraine occupied the firm position and blocked the adoption of the annual budget or the financing of the working groups with the participation of the representatives of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol who should 'represent' the interests of the Russian Federation. Any decisions considered by the working groups with the participation of the citizens of Ukraine from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea appointed by Russia are illegitimate,' Ostap Semerak, the Ecology Minister of Ukraine claimed.
He noted that the Russian representatives try to use the international arena for the legalization of the annexation of Crimea - not for the first time. The similar situation took place when Russia spoke 'on the behalf of Crimea', trying to report on the greenhouse gas emissions on the territory of the peninsula.
It is noted that during the session, the issues of the budget and work program of the commission for 2018-2019 were discussed; the reports of the member countries of the Convention on the fulfillment of the Strategic Action Plan on the Black Sea were heard, as well as the demands of the Conventions and other organizational aspects of the current activity of the Commission and its permanent secretariat.
The chairmanship was passed to Turkey, which will preside at the commission over the next year.
Earlier, we reported that Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, claimed that the European Union will never recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Besides, Poland confirmed the consistent support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and urged Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners.